Illustrated Standard – Hindquarters

CKC Standard – Hindquarters

In balance with forequarters. Upper shanks long, wide, and well muscled on both sides of thigh, with clearly defined stifles. Hocks while the dog is at rest: hock to heel should be

perpendicular to the ground. Upper shanks, lower shanks and hocks parallel to each other, and wide enough apart to fit in with a properly built body. The hip bone should fall away from the spinal column at an angle of about 30 degrees. Upper shank and lower shank are equal in length. The upper shank should be at right angles to the hip bone. Croup well filled out. Cat feet, as on front legs, turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws, if any, may be removed.


Once again, balance is the key. Both the upper and lower thighs need to be equal, and ideally are equal to the front angles. Hocks should not be long, but rather short, and perpendicular to the ground. A common fault is the lower thigh being too long, putting the rear farther back than it should be and weakening the rear. This imbalance in the angles will show in the

movement. A plumb line dropped from the rear projection of the hip should fall to the ground just at the front of the toes.