Rutlands Wh Seanna was filmed when her puppies were still on her. Once she hits her stride in the open paddock, take note of the following features of her movement -
* Length of ground covering stride
* Head does not need to be held high to try to lift the weight of her shoulders
* Top line (her back) has no jerky up and down movement - strong loins transfer impulsion from behind, pushing off short strong hocks (hind end knees)
* Each stride looks elastic and effortless
Also notice at the start of the slow motion, she paces for a few steps - lateral steps instead of diagonal - front and hind foot on the same side stepping together- a good judge would penalise more than 2 or 3 pacing steps.
Selection of breeding stock would not be complete without mention of coat as it's a feature of the Australian Cobberdog. In today's busy world few people have the time to spend hours grooming their dog every week and many disabled owners find it difficult or even impossible to manage the thick, dense Wool coats that were part and parcel of yesteryear's dogs. And what's the point in falling in love with a lusciously coated dog just to keep him/her shaved all the time? At one time, before the development of Fleece coats there was no choice - if you wanted the allergy friendly no shedding benefits - but not any more! It's time for breeders to selectively breed for thinner softly curling Fleece coats or the ultmate Swishy Wavy Fleece and not to keep their Wool coated puppies as breeding stock. Aim for the stars!