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Basic Canine Anatomy by MauserGirl Basic Canine Anatomy by MauserGirl
I created this primarily as an updated version of an older deviation, which is found at this [link]

There are a couple of reasons for the update -
(1) I wanted to include a couple of additional terms
(2) I wanted to start with a better quality drawing of a Shepherd
(3) I needed a larger version to print cards / posters on Zazzle

But another big reason for the update is the fact that the other graphic has been stolen time and time again and is all over the internet by now. :( Which makes me unhappy.

I apologize for the enormous watermark across the image, but since people keep redistributing my charts all over the Internet without a link back to either my dog page (which the copyright link goes to) or my DeviantArt page, it's become a necessity.
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kotapup Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Photographer
Really nice! 

A small roach like that I don't mind, but when people breed the dogs to have a huge slope or roach, it's disgusting. My German shepherd has a straight, straight back.
She doesn't really have a slope, but sometimes I catch her in a stack when outside. 
ForsakenWolf28 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This look great!! ^.^
MauserGirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thank you. :)
RedRockKennels Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great ^^ The only thing wrong is the GSD kind of looks like he hasa roach back(Sloping of the back). Just remember a dog's back always goes straight. People just do the sloped GSDs for shows, but any real working GSD have a straight back ^^ This is awesome otherwise!
MauserGirl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
This is actually based on a reference photo of a working Czech German Shepherd.

Roached backs and sloped backs are two very different things. A roached back is what you'll find in a lot of the German Show Line (or "high line", as some people call them) dogs. A true roached backs will have the top of the back above the withers and curving down from there, with some extremes looking truly crippled. A sloped back is what you see in the American Show Line dogs where it looks like the back end belongs to an entirely different dog. Fun random fact ... in both, it's the angle of the hips, not the actual back, that causes the appearance.

And yeah, there's a reason I'm having Malinois now and not German Shepherds anymore. There's just too much crappy breeding in German Shepherds. Heck, Shepherd breeding in the US is so bad, the military imports more than half of its working dogs from overseas.
RedRockKennels Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, all right ^^ Still like the tutorial though.
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March 5, 2012
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