Breed Standard: Forequarters (1)

fig11-16Figure 11: shows the ideal profile view of the forequarters; the dotted line indicates the extent of the breastbone. The point of the breastbone should be prominent and high up.

Figure 12: shows the correct shape and length of the breastbone. It should form a graceful curve down through the forelegs and well back towards the abdomen. There are 9 full ribs and 4 floating ribs on each side.

Figure 13: shows the ideal front view of the forequarters. The chest should be very oval and comparatively broad. The legs are close fitting to the ribcage down to the wrists. Below the wrists, the legs are straight and well apart. The feet may be turned slightly outwards or quite straight.

Figure 14: shows a chest that is too narrow (“chicken-breast”). The forelegs are too close together at the wrists and the feet are splayed out (“10 to 2”).

Figure 15: shows a breastbone that starts too low and is not prominent. It is short and comes down to a point behind the legs

Figure 16: is an even more exaggerated example of a faulty breastbone and forechest.

Note that a very deep chest is a fault as insufficient ground clearance will restrict the dog’s movement and ability to do a day’s work. At its lowest point (between the forelegs) it should be no lower than the wrist (knee). Low to ground means lowness from the withers, not lack of ground clearance.