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He's definitely not too skinny--he's actually too fat and could stand to loose a pound or more. I wonder if what you are seeing and taking pictures of is the kind of structure that will also form a "panty line" where there is usually a little too much slope to the croup and if the dog is carrying too much weight you'll get a heavy loin and behind the hip bones a fat layer which makes a depression across the croup (hence the "panty line").

I agree that it does look unusual but if his movement seems normal at all gaits and he has no pain I probably take a little weight off him (so that he actually has a waist line at the loin and isn't just kind of the same width from shoulders to his butt. and keep an eye on it.

You might also want to ask his vet about it--they may have seen something like this in the past.

Good luck and let us know if you find out for sure what is involved.

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Thanks for the suggestions!
Unfortunately, the closest orthopedic specialist is over 2 hours away, but I will definitely reach out to them and see if they'd be willing to look at a picture before I drive all the way down there - I would of course drive where ever needed to get my boy looked at.

To be honest, I did not feel any better leaving the vet today even though she said "she isn't concerned"- I still am concerned LOL

I think I will start to look for a DVM who is familiar with Dobermans.
Finding a vet who is actually familiar enough with Dobermans is not as easy as you might think. Ask your breeder if they know such a vet. Look on the list of vet's who do good crops (on the Puppy SubForum Cropping and posting--there is a list. Several of the good croppers are also breeders but the bottom line for me would be to find an orthopedic specialist and make an appointment. I suspect that an orthopedist would tell you that pictures don't give enough for even do more than guess. Now X-rays which could be done and sent out for an evaluation of the hips/spine and your vet clinic should know where they could send them to get at least a preliminary evaluation.

Good luck and let us know what you are planning on doing and what the results are.

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I just showed his pictures to a vet/breeder and she doesn't think that's his hip bones, she thinks it's either muscle or lumps from being over weight.
I was surprised when her vet didn't think he was overweight--I sure did and I suspect those are basically fat--he also has some raised areas at his shoulder which look like a dog carrying too much weight.

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