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While I am in search of that new bullet proof puppy- I know health is a huge part of the equation to a sound dog. I have been really blessed with both of my girls having no issues with patellas as that is often a problem with little dogs. I also have been reading about how hips affect small dogs a lot more than thought of. So I thought maybe we could talk about what health testing is most important for an active dog and what type of structure plays a large roll on movement. If anyone has more books to recommend as well- I have been doing some reading, but need to do more!

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Amanda, there are several books and video/DVD on canine structure and how it affects movement/motion. Here is a good list of some of the top books. I have a couple of these and they can teach you a lot on how varying body parts/joints create different types of movement.

The DVD Dogsteps looks like it is exactly what you want, but I haven't seen it. I wonder if you can find any online reviews on this particular media.

P.S. The book Canine Terminology (not to be confused with the K-9 Structure and Terminology that Tom posted below) is definitely not what you want. Don't bother buying that one for your current quest for info.

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Dog in Action is a good book.

K-9 Structure and Terminology is another one.

I would say that these are the top two in print right now. Amazon should have both. If you want to see what the best Havanese structure is for performance, go to our website and find Posh's page. His soaped pictures are there. His movement and athletism is as good as it gets. There really needs to be balance both front and rear, sound movement with a strong loin, short hocks, and long femur (that's the motor) and the front end needs to be complimentary. For instance our foundation bitch, Twinkle, has a great rear assembly but a straight shoulder at 25 degrees layback keeps her from having really great movement. Posh's sire Charly has a great front end with a 35 degree layback. Posh got the best there was to offer from both parents and his movement is the result.

You really have to understand the whole picture. One weak part can interrupt the whole locamotion.
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Thanks for the info Kimberly & Tom, I am going to do some more reading and probably come back with more questions!

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