Gait - Side Movement
Viewed from the side, the forelegs have good reach, while the hind legs have strong drive, with good pickup of hocks. The feet turn neither inward nor outward. Faults - Single tracking, sidegaiting, paddling in front, or hackney action. Weak rear action.
A correct moving schnauzer will have the same outline when moving as when standing still, including the sloping topline.
On a dog with good reach and drive, the front leg extends straight out at approximately a 45 degree angle with the toes extending to a vertical line drawn down from the tip of the nose. The rear leg is 45 degrees the opposite direction.
Many Miniature Schnauzer groomers leave extra hair at the hock joint to show more angulation when standing, than the dog actually has. This effect makes the dog look sickle-hocked when moving from the side. Please check the length of the hair at the hock joint before watching the dog move from the side and take that grooming item into account when judging the side movement. This dog has good drive, but has the extra hair at the hock joint. On the other hand, there are sickle-hocked Miniature Schnauzers, and you must learn to distinguish between the grooming and the movement.
If you’re not sure what is meant by sickle-hocked, refer to a textbook on dog movement.
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