Sprung Ribs?

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 12th, 2006, 8:23 am

Okay, this may be a silly question, but exactly are "sprung ribs"? Does anyone have a pic of a dog that these?
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Postby mnp13 » May 12th, 2006, 8:45 am

Edited because my answer was totally wrong and doesn't need to be there anymore

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Postby Carla » May 15th, 2006, 5:55 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:Okay, this may be a silly question, but exactly are "sprung ribs"?


The term usually seen is "well-sprung". It refers to how the ribs come out from the spine. Well-sprung ribs spring out from the spine nearly level to form a broad back and then arch downward and curve in at the bottom to connect with the breastbone.

I believe most standards call for well-sprung ribs. A Whippet and a Bull-Mastiff have well-sprung ribs; the Bull-Mastiff's ribs are more rounded as they arch out and join with the breasbone; the Whippet's are more oval.

I highly recommend the book, "K-9 Structure and Terminology" by Gilbert and Brown for anyone interested in structure and conformation.

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 15th, 2006, 6:17 pm

Thank you both - do either of you have a pic?
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Postby Patch O' Pits » May 16th, 2006, 7:32 am

you can see it on Sock-M pretty well in these picts:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 16th, 2006, 8:40 am

Thanks!
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