When i read a breeds standard and it quotes a height, where is that measurment taken from ? Top of head ? Shoulders ? etc...
Lamens terms please I'm not up with the doggy lingo on body parts.
Height is measured at the withers.
When you look at a dog side on you will see a muscle that joins the dogs neck to it's back, it's a slight slope... That's where the measurement is taken.
When measuring length it is taken from the front of the chest to the back of the hindquarters, not just the length of the dogs spine.
There's a little boney bit at the base of the neck - above the shoulders. Withers. Same thing for horses when they say a horse is 17 hands high - it's from a boney pointy bit at the base of the neck.
They also use that height for deciding what height jumps the dog is set in Obedience and Agility competitions. So Frosty is a "500" dog. She jumps 500mm high jumps. Though she's quite capable of jumping 600mm high jumps. And according to her official measurement she is 1 cm under the category that would put her in the 600mm height class. Which is better for her speed and joints around a course.
Of course the fresh cooked sausage used to bribe her into standing under the measuring stick - had nothing to do with how tall she was measured. And bizarrely - her butt is higher than her shoulders/withers now. Glad they don't measure at the butt end.
lol in the show world it's reffered to as just "bum high". Creative huh?
The only breed I have seen measured in the ring myself is a few poodles. They used to have special measures ringside for them due to the 3 distinct sizes. They are less strict on sizing now as they changed the breed standard from wording like "MUST be under 15 inches" to "SHOULD be under 15 inches". Pity, because I have an absolutely gorgeous poodle here that has been neutered because he is 15 and three quarter inches tall.
Thanks Sean for asking the question about height I had no idea what withers were either
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Measuring for competition - is very strict - in theory...
There needs to be a level hard surface for the dog to stand on, and then a properly calibrated measuring stick - that can be held level and straight and the measuring bar needs to be parallel to the ground and be able to be slid down to the dog's shoulders to get a measurement on the upright.
in practice, dogs wriggle a lot. And even a dog that is trained to accept a measuring stick will get all shy when asked to stand under one in an unfamiliar dog club with two unfamiliar blokes (official height judges) holding the measuring stick.
And that's when fresh sausage is useful.
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