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Rib Spring? Head stop?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:39 am
by centrop67
I feel like I am pretty good at researching things using the Google, but I have been asked offline about this term (Rib Spring). I found lots of occurences of the term, but no clear definition.

So, I am opening it up to the experts here on the forum...

What exactly does it mean?

From the various standards:
UKC- "The ribs are well-sprung. The chest is deep, but not narrow."
AKC- "Chest - Deep and long, not narrow, ribs slightly sprung"
FCI- "Chest : Deep and long enough, not narrow, ribs slightly sprung."

It looks like the UKC differs from the FCI/AKC standard (well vs. slightly), though I am lead to believe that the FCI is the true standard. There's also the KNPV lines, which I found out have quite a bit of Mal genes. Anyways what do they mean by "slightly sprung"?

In addition to that, I was asked about "head stop." I understand that this is the part of the head where the forehead meets the muzzle between the eyes, and only the FCI describes it as "Slight, though clearly present." This seems really clear to me, but is there anything else to know about this?

Re: Rib Spring? Head stop?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:23 pm
by Steve Gossmeyer
Curvature of the ribs for heart and lung compasity

Re: Rib Spring? Head stop?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:25 pm
by Joxgirl
I've never heard of this stuff, but then again I'm not nearly as educated in this as most of you all are. I'm glad you posted and I look forward to learning.

Re: Rib Spring? Head stop?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:37 pm
by centrop67
Steve Gossmeyer wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:23 pm
Curvature of the ribs for heart and lung compasity
What would "slightly" versus "well" means in terms of conformation?

Re: Rib Spring? Head stop?

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:43 pm
by Steve Gossmeyer
centrop67 wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:37 pm
Steve Gossmeyer wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:23 pm
Curvature of the ribs for heart and lung compasity
What would "slightly" versus "well" means in terms of conformation?
Well sprung would be a dog with plenty of room for the organs to be places so more of a barrel chest, slightly sprung would mean the dog has slight curvature to the rib not a full barrel chest