Checking Structure in Longhaired Breeds
A Show Dog's Life
This puppy has good bone structure, but it is hard to tell with the pup’s full, dry coat.
To check the body structure of a longhaired dog, soap the dog real well and wrap the hair to the body. This is the same puppy as above wet down with water and a little soap. Notice how you can now see the shape of the body. This puppy shows a good, level topline.
Puppy with a fluffy, dry coat making it hard to see the structure of the front legs
The same puppy as above with its coat wet; you can now see the straight front legs. This puppy has a very good front line.
Puppy in a full, dry coat showing its rear bone structure. Again, it is hard to really see what is going on under the fluffy coat.
This is the same puppy as above with a wet coat. You can now see the rear legs are very straight. This puppy has nicely shaped hindquarters.
This picture shows another angle of the same puppy wet down to show its nice bone structure.
Longhaired dog with a full, dry coat
This is the same dog as shown above with its coat wet down to show the body structure. By getting this dog wet we can see that the topline of this dog is slightly arched instead of the more preferred straight back for this particular breed, but this back is still acceptable. It would have been very hard to see this without wetting the coat down with water and soap. An arched topline is normal in some breeds such as the Whippet.
Longhaired dog wet down to show the structure of the front line; this dog's legs are nice and straight.
- A Show Dogs Life
- Showing, Genetics and Breeding
- The Structure of a Dog's Body
- Checking Structure in Longhaired Breeds
- Teeth: The Bite
- Getting Down and Dirty
- Getting Cleaned Up and Pretty
- Grooming Tips and General Grooming Care
- Playing, Cuddles and Favorite Spots 1
- Playing, Cuddles and Favorite Spots 2
- Social Life
- Showing and Jr. Handling