IDEAL OVERALL IMPRESSION
in shorter trimmed coat for easy viewing
Near perfect conformation of an Australian Cobberdog bred by Meret Gebert Blattner in Switzerland.
* Powerful short back (protects hindquarters & elbows in movement
* Slight rise over the loins (powerfully connects front and rear in movement)
* Long sloping shoulders and stifles (to synchronise stretch in movement)
* Brisket neither too deep nor too shallow ( heart room and breathing)
* Elbows neither tucked in nor jutting out (in alignment with withers for balance)
* Slight dip behind withers to separate neck from the start of the back
* Sufficient length of neck (to free the shoulders in movement)
* Strong short hocks (to support the impact of hind feet as they strike the ground)
* Straight strong front legs perpendicular to the ground (support weight in front)
* Moderately deep chest, not too broad nor deep (not pre-disposed to bloat)
* Well proportioned head and face with a sweet alert expression.
Physical soundness is best gauged at the steady trot (also called 'gaiting') where excessive up and down movement, prancing or pacing (where same side front and back legs step at the same time) are indicators of body parts compensating for faulty conformation.
INTUITION is seen in the eyes, which are serene, clear, and always seeking intimate and direct contact with human eyes.
SOUNDNESS IN BODY is just another name for correct conformation (anatomy, or body structure).
A Cobberdog with overall correctness in the ratio of long bones to short bones will move with the least stress on joints muscles, ligaments and tendons and is far less likely to develop arthritis even into old age.