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THE ANATOMY OF A BOXER

TOPOGRAPHICAL ANATOMY
Boxer Breed Standard - Australia

Original drawing adapted from the JKC Illustrated Breed Standards

             1 Nape of neck
 2 Crest of neck
 3 Tailset
 4 Long Pelvis
 5 Body behind the tail
 6 Breech width- well developed
 7 Well developed muscles
 8 Hock (140o angle)
 9 Rear pastern - not vertical
10 Second (lower) thigh - broad
11 Stifle joint
12 First (Upper) thigh - broad
13 End of ribcage - well ribbed back
14 Graceful curve of underline
15 Lowest point of ribcage
16 Stopper pad
      17 Cat feet
18 Slightly sloping pasterns
19 Upper Arm
20 Forechest or breastbone
21 Shoulderblade - 45 degrees
22 Clean (dry) neck
23 Flews
24 Chin -repandous
25 Muzzle - Powerfully developed in length, breadth and height
26 The front surface of the muzzle forms an obtuse (rounded)
     angle with the topline of the muzzle
27 The upper lip should be thick and padded and fill out
     the hollow space in front formed by the projection of the lower jaw.
28 Nose - broad and black and very slightly turned up
29 Stop - Distinct
30 Top of skull - slightly arched


Unbroken Red coloured lines represents the forequarter, hindquarter and pelvic angulation of the dog.

Red lines A represent the SHOULDER ANGULATION. The shoulder should be long and sloping, close lying but not excessibely covered in muscle. The upper arm should be long and form a right angle with the shoulder blade.

Red lines B represent the HIND ANGULATION. The hip and knee(stifle) should have as much angle as possible. The hock angle should be about 140 degrees. The lower part of the foot at a slight slope of about 95 to 100 degrees to the floor, that is, not completly vertical.

Green lines C should be equal in length.
Top of shoulder to brisket = brisket to ground.

Blue lines D should be equal in length.
Front of chest to rear of body = top of shoulder to ground.

The broken yellow line - Ribage extending far to the rear giving a short loin area.

Withers - clearly defined
Back - short,straight, broad and very muscular
Loin - short, close taut and slightly tucked up
Croup - slightly sloped, flat arched and broad.





SKELETAL ANATOMY






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