Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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It will vary with the dog and their conformation. Posh has always gone on hikes with us, and when we are done with five or six miles, he's ready to chase a ball while we stop to eat. He has the ideal, athlete's conformation, and his movement is free, and easy. You really have to see it in person to understand. Many of his offspring carry it on. Our Nike is even more amazingly coordinated than her Sire Posh.
Twinkle, who Posh got his rear end from, has a more upright front end, and when she was younger, and hiked with us, never wanted to go more than a mile or so. She has a much more upright shoulder assembly, and thus not as freely a moving front end as Posh.
There are many points to consider that account for the movement. Each one can have some effect-things like length of loin, length of femur, etc., etc..
It's much the same with horses, and even people.
Pay attention to your dog, and don't push for more than it offers.