The Straddle Step

The Bulldog stands with her front feet wider apart than her rear, so not surprisingly, her rear feet land inside the footprints of her front feet giving the dog its loose-jointed and shuffling characteristic roll. This gait is called a “straddle step” because the dog’s front footprints “straddle” the rear ones. In part, this is a result of the breed’s pear shape created by widely placed shoulders set in a low-to-ground forefront, shorter hocks, and a narrower rear.

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