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    Default Sway back?

    I tried to do a search on the forums but I could not find a thread regarding this. Maybe I did not search good enough but could someone tell me what is a sway back on a dog and how does it look like?

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    A sway back is when the back dishes down from the shoulder to the hip, like a saddle back.

    Its a major fault to have a dog with a sway back and I would advise anyone who has one to spay/neuter.

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    Thanks Bobby

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    I wish I could find a pic so I could see what it looks like.

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    BR do you have any photo examples of swayed rear compared to a high rear like we see on some good dogs?

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    If you want to see a sway back look at show ring german shepard.. Most German shepards I've seen nowadays are sway backed... When people start to breed away from the performance standard of whatever dog and don't cull,eventually the looks will start to change...

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    hmm I can't find one of a dog but this is what it looks like on a horse.


    USUALLY this happens as an animal ages but bad breeding can contribute as well.

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    I came across this site http://www.workingdogs.com/lshaw1.htm had some interesting info on the structure of the dog.

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    hmm this dog is sway back (and all around poorly bred) you can sort of see it from these angles


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    Just try to find some pictures of some American Bullies. There are plenty of them that have sway backs...

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    so basically the back is caving downward? sort of a slope between the rear and the neck?

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    Yeap. The back caving in between the neck and the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidfitness83 View Post
    so basically the back is caving downward? sort of a slope between the rear and the neck?
    sway back-
    A concave curvature of the back between the withers and the hipbones.

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    1st dog- this one seems to have a normal back right?



    2nd dog- Is this what you guys are talking about?






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    FTG: I don't think that's a sway back, looks pretty good to me. I'm no conformation person, but, I think it looks pretty good and healthy.

    my .02

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    There is a natural slop the happens right after the withers and leads to the top line of the back that is not sway back.
    Sway back is an exaggerated dishing of the back.
    Here is easier to show it on horses lol, but its the same premise with dogs.
    Normal Horse Back. From the withers dips down to the topline of the back

    Sway back horse. Noticable dishing of the back. Weak spine. (this is a pretty extreme example but you get the idea)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christy_SYK View Post
    There is a natural slop the happens right after the withers and leads to the top line of the back that is not sway back.
    Sway back is an exaggerated dishing of the back.
    Here is easier to show it on horses lol, but its the same premise with dogs.
    Normal Horse Back. From the withers dips down to the topline of the back

    Sway back horse. Noticable dishing of the back. Weak spine. (this is a pretty extreme example but you get the idea)

    Man that sh*t looks painful. looks like it should be put down. that hosre would break its back if it triped up or something.

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    This link from apbtconfomation.com shows a sway back, normal topline, and a roached back.

    http://www.apbtconformation.com/toplineextreme.jpg

    This photo I found on another forum shows a worse sway back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmaas View Post
    BR do you have any photo examples of swayed rear compared to a high rear like we see on some good dogs?
    I would like to see examples too. What is the difference? If the dog has a high rear, isn't it going to be sway back?

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