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Old 04-05-2013, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Weak pasterns.

I'm not to hot on dog structure to be honest as I have never had a dog with bad structure.
I am a bit concerned about my Mal puppies pasterns as they are not like any of my other dogs. Do they look weak to you?


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If yes, could it be something I have done, as in her activity/diet etc or is this a purely genetic thing?
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

Pups change on a weekly basis, I'd not worry myself unless there was a symptom.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

She looks long in the pastern but they don't look weak or terriblydown in the pastern to me. Pups can take a while to grow into the various "bits" and can look pretty uneven at times.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

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I'm not to hot on dog structure to be honest as I have never had a dog with bad structure.
I am a bit concerned about my Mal puppies pasterns as they are not like any of my other dogs. Do they look weak to you?


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If yes, could it be something I have done, as in her activity/diet etc or is this a purely genetic thing?
Thanks in advance
Hows about you let the thing grow up to become a fully grown dog before you start judging structure?

Pups go all sides when growing...and then some...they change from one moment to the next, you can not say anything about how she will develop in the next few months. I am very tempted to shake my head at your question to be honest. You ask a question and allmost immediately follow it up with your own conclusion and a reason!

Let the thing become a dog first!
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

Thanks for your answers people, I'm a bit happier now.

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Hows about you let the thing grow up to become a fully grown dog before you start judging structure?

Pups go all sides when growing...and then some...they change from one moment to the next, you can not say anything about how she will develop in the next few months. I am very tempted to shake my head at your question to be honest. You ask a question and allmost immediately follow it up with your own conclusion and a reason!

Let the thing become a dog first!
I am not judgeing structure I just don't want to damage her through ignorance.
The second part of my post was not a conclusion, it was asked because someone else suggested I may have done something wrong so I thought I would ask on here, a place full of working dog people, is that ok with you?
My concerns stem from the fact this dog is way more fragile than the breeds I am used to, dobermans and bull breeds. I haven't had a Mal before and I don't want to break her.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

Matt,

You've obviously ruined her. Ship her to Colorado and I'll pay for any corrective surgery she needs in the future
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Re: Weak pasterns.

Matt,

My recollection is that the Mal pasterns are fairly straight. But refer to your standard if Kadi doesn't come on with the official. If she were a GSD, I'd say fine. Her feet look nice and tight. That's sorta a weird stance you caught her in. What's the protein percentage of her food?

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

Looks normal to me. Her feet look good too. Right now she has a long body and big head.

The legs have a lot of growing left to do. They will trade back and forth with her body length. Then her chest will drop after a year and then it will widen. Her legs will have one last growing spurt around 18 months. The last to grow will be the broadness of her head. Then her ears will finally look normal! You will have to wait to find out if she will be long in body or square. I would refer to the parent or grandparent that she favors.

I have a new female pup from lines that I'm not use to. She came to me at 10 weeks with easty-westy front and hockey rear. She is an extremely slow grower. At 5 months now her legs are nice and straight. She is in that monster puppy head phase too with a huge long muzzle.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

I can't really tell from the picture, but if you are concerned, talk to Debbie Skinner. She got back a Mal that was REALLY malnurished and consequently had horribly splayed feet and was waaaaaaaay down on his pasterns, and she was able to bring him back to normal. Check out this thread and the pictures:

http://www.workingdogforum.com/vBull...estions-11134/
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Weak pasterns.

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re: "this dog is way more fragile than the breeds I am used to"
what do you mean by that ?
- broken bones, pulled muscles, skin problems, flea/tick reactions, low pain thresholds or strictly mental stuff ? i'm no puppy raiser but most people agree there are fear periods in pup development. assume you are aware of that even tho you don't seem to be a "behaviorist" kinda guy
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