Running Gear 35%

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F
orelegs 10%:  Straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size of the hound. Pasterns short and straight.   Defects: Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward.  Forelegs crooked or Dachshund-like.
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Note the requirement of “plenty of bone in proportion to the size of the hound”.  A larger circumference of bone will allow for a greater mass of muscle attachment, adding to the endurance of the hound.  Too much bone, makes for extra work for the dog and is undesirable.  Bone should be round. Pasterns should be straight but flexible, sloping pasterns break down in the field.

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Hips, Thighs & Hind Legs 10%: 
Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling power. Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent. Feet close and firm. Defects–Cowhocks, or straight hocks. Lack of muscle and propelling power. Open feet.
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Stifles strong and well let down implies a long femur (upper bone of the hind leg) with moderate angulation at the knee and hock joints. A line drawn down from the point of the buttock will fall to the front of the hind foot.

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