For obvious reasons, a dog that looks like the picture at the left has what’s called a “Fiddle Front.”
Also known as the French Front or Chippendale front, it’s when the forelegs are positioned like a fiddle where the elbows are out, the pasterns close, and the feet turn outwards. At its extreme, a dog with this kind of front, medically speaking, has “chondrodysplasia,” a skeletal and developmental abnormality. Depending upon the dog, it can be caused by the premature closure of the growth plates which cause the front legs to grow crooked or bowed. In extreme cases, sometimes surgery is suggested, however, the results of such corrective surgery aren’t usually rewarding. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are recommended since bone deformities can cause significant pain.
What do you do if your dog has this? You love him. You spoil her. She is family, and she is part of your life. You’ll continue to have a marvelous companion, but don’t ask things of your dog that will make things worse for her. Jogging and miles of walking aren’t good ideas, and rigorous agility is out of the question. A good diet and managing the dog’s weight is important.