“His chest hasn’t dropped.”
“She doesn’t have enough fill.”
“His chest is well let down.”
These are a few sentences one might hear during the evaluation of a dog, and if one is a new to learning about structure, they can be baffling.
Again, depending upon the breed, if the chest isn’t level with the elbows, it’s either an immature dog, or it has a “shallow brisket” that shows no “fill,” or correct depth of chest. It’s especially important in coated breeds to “dig in” to feel actual chest, and not hair.
There are marvelous books on structure out there, and one of our favorites is “Practical Canine Anatomy and Movement” by Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD. What books do you recommend?
A final word. When called, dogs don’t come to us one piece at a time, nor do they enter a show ring in parts. The danger of studying individuals parts of a dog is that it can put too much emphasis on that single part, and unwittingly lead one to “parts judging.” It’s important to remember the whole dog!