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Old 12-08-2016, 02:59 PM
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American Staffordshire Terrier toplines

Hello everyone!
My name is Dragana, I like in a small country in Europe named Slovenia.
At first, I would like to apologize about my bad English.
I have some questions about my dog's topline.

I brought my american stafford in the beggining of this year. Her name is Cuba, she has very nice parents with very nice pedigree and show results. Everything was fine until she turned 8 month. I watched over her a lot - I wore her upstairs, we didn't walking in hills, she didn't hung on tires etc.

Than we were preparing for our first show and my mom took some pictures of her standing. I saw at pictures that she has really "ugly" topline. Her topline isn't straight.

Then I was looking for some explanations on the internet. It could be posibly because she's young... I don't know if this is good explanation.

If someone know anything about that, please help me... I'm feeding her with Taste of the Wild and raw food.


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Old 12-09-2016, 12:35 AM
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I am sorry, don't know how to help you, but if you ask me you are feeding her very good food so the problem can't be there .

PS: I am also from Slovenia!

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There's no way to properly evaluate her topline from that photo because she is overstacked. She how she has a "rocking horse" appearance to her. Her front feet are too far forward, that's forcing her topline to dip in the middle and her rump to look too high. She needs to be set over her front limbs, they should be perfectly straight up & down. Once the front is set then you can place the rear legs, making sure that they are set too far back and keeping her "hock" straight up & down as well.

Practice using bait to get her to shift her weight forward over the front legs. And if bait is allowed in the show ring, use it! Bait is great to help encourage your dog to stay focused and get that extra bit of expression that will help you stand out amongst the crowd. Just be sure not to fling bait all over the ring or let your dog eat a bunch of it right before the judge checks the teeth.

Since this is your first show I wouldn't expect to get best in show. The best thing you can do is relax, take a deep breadth, and have fun. Try to be very observant of what your competitors are doing and how they show/ prepare their dogs. If they allow you to try to ask them for as much advise as they are willing to give.
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Her front feet are too far forward, that's forcing her topline to dip in the middle and her rump to look too high.
This is a big part of the problem.

Not sure if this is an issue based on this photo, but many AmStaffs have an issue with insufficient front angulation, and some have a problem with the shoulders being too far forward on the body, either or both of which can also cause a little dip behind the withers.

She's also growing still and will hopefully even out with maturity.

You might ask her breeder if they can give you help/lessons for showing her, and they might also be able to allay your fears if she's just in an uneven growth phase. I wouldn't be afraid to show her, you'll get a hands on opinion from the judge, and they or other exhibitors may have suggestions for handling, stacking, etc.

I think she's a nice looking dog- love her color, too! Good luck to you both
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Thanks for advices... Because I'm really concert about her topline. I give fer Fitmin tablets for bones and muscles. When I'm looking her brothers and sisters they all have straight topline.
This picture I posted was a little bit old and not to good, because we were still practicing for show standing.
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That's much better than before, but I would still use bait with her to encourage her to shift her body weight over her forearms.
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