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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-07-2020, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Prominent sternum?

I don't remember either of my previous dobes having this much of a prominent sternum, though neither of them were particularly nearly as well-bred as Kaia. Is this considered "normal"?


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The forechest should look full (but not overdone) and be rounded in appearance with no hollow areas. I imagine with her standing up it doesn't really look the same. If it does, that's what's referred to as pigeon chested. Are you planning to show her?
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The forechest should look full (but not overdone) and be rounded in appearance with no hollow areas. I imagine with her standing up it doesn't really look the same. If it does, that's what's referred to as pigeon chested. Are you planning to show her?
Nope, no plans to show. She was originally a hold-back by her breeder as a show prospect, but she decided to place her in a pet home at 4.5 months which is when she came to us. I'll try to get pictures of her standing, too, for comparison when I get a chance (I'm stuck at work all day today).

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Also, worth noting. Puppies forechests, especially at the sternum are always more pronounced than they will be when the puppy matures. This is fairly frequent that the boney structures are exaggerated in puppy and look less so at maturity.

Also standing, rather than sitting makes things like the sternum look very much more pronounced

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Also, worth noting. Puppies forechests, especially at the sternum are always more pronounced than they will be when the puppy matures. This is fairly frequent that the boney structures are exaggerated in puppy and look less so at maturity.

Also standing, rather than sitting makes things like the sternum look very much more pronounced

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Well duh! I got that last sentence totally backwards. It should have read either" "Also standing , rather than sitting makes things like the sternum look very much LESS pronounced.

Or perhaps you'd prefer "Also sitting, rather than standing makes things like the sternum look much more pronounced

Take your pick but the first one was just plain azz backwards.

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Some of the popular stud dogs right now are producing an overdone front - so your dogs front is not very unusual right now, and I would not worry about it. An over done front is faulty..... but no dog is perfect.

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