In continuance of my latest post regarding sou…

In continuance of my latest post regarding soundness that stems from straight lines in conformation, the American Bulldog pictured is a great example of a well structured, sound and straight dog for his breed.
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As an enthusiast of dogs, especially American Bulldogs I feel obligated to encourage and educate breeders to produce dogs that are physically sound for performance and to create the breed standard off a performance type instead of what the show ring is insisting today.
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Conformation is important, it’s the structure of the dog and half of what impacts the proper performance dog, temperament/drive is the other but without proper structure your dogs ability in doing its job is impacted.
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When I evaluate a performance dog, I look at the dogs rear end as it is their motor, where all the strength and power is generated and the most important structural point. A dog that is weak in the rear with a nice front end is like owning a Big Rig with a 4 cylinder engine to motor it around town.
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If all the power is in the back then whats needed is a straight legged but well angulated and balanced front with strong shoulders to guide the dog in the direction and to accept the power coming from behind.
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Lastly the ability to stop quickly and effortlessly, accelerate with power and turn on a dime will serve the dog well. With a combination of performance and temperament traits, your working dog will take you places.
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