|The German Shepherd Dog In Movement
& Standard Drawing
Primary contact and maximum extension of the right rear
leg, Which is the only support of the dog at this
Maximum Flexion of the Left Rear leg, Having just
completed it's thrust, and now executing the follow
Maximum flexion of the right front leg also in the follow
through. It has just broken contact with the ground, in order to allow
the right rear leg in it's extended movement to be
brought forward without interference.
Left fore leg is reaching toward it's maximum extension.
As the right rear leg begins to thrusts the body ahead, the center
of gravity is propelled forward over the left front leg,
which then becomes the main support. In the same instant,
the right front leg and left rear legs are being brought
period of suspension, immediately prior to maximum
extension and contact of the right rear leg.
dog is suspended in air for a short period of time,
during which he travels a certain distance
in suspension, depending on
C. In a
well-balanced, well-angulated animal, this phase of
movement is necessary for the right rear leg in it's
extension, to pass the front leg without deviating to the
inside or the outside, or forging.
Initial flexion of the right rear leg. It has just
delivered it's thrust, and is entering the follow through
movement. The body at this point is solely supported by
the left fore leg.
B. In the
next instant, the left front will break contact, and
begin it's follow through. This allows the
left rear to
extend fully without forging as it grips the ground.fpr thrust.
center of gravity has passed beyond the contact point of
the left front.as the body of the dog surges forward from the right
right front leg is reaching out, and in the next instant
will ground. The center of gravity, and therefore the
weight of the dog, will be thrust upon it as the left
rear begins it's drive movement.
This drawing is by Carolyn Martello.
Frank & Carolyn own MAR HAVEN SHEPHERDS
The drawings are Carolyn's depiction of the ideal German Shepherd Dog gait as
described in the official AKC Standard.