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number and arrangement of the teeth. Australian Shepherds should have a
full compliment of 42 teeth aligned in a scissors bite.
|A vestigial metacarpal bone and
claw found higher on the leg so that, when the animal is standing, it
does not make contact with the ground. Often removed to prevent it from
catching on objects and tearing the leg.
|Loose, pendulous skin that hangs
from the chin, throat and neck. A fault in the Australian Shepherd.
|To shorten or remove all
or part of the tail. The Australian Shepherd is a docked breed except
in those countries where the procedure has been banned.
||The plane of the muzzle
drops down and away from the plane of the topskull
|Down in Pastern
|A weak or faulty
pastern (metacarpus and/or
metatarsus) set at an incorrect angle
|a. The propulsion
and extension of the rear leg assembly
b. The desire to do a particular action (herding drive, prey drive,
c. To push livestock forward (drive them towards a pen)
wrinkles and folds of skin. Taut skin.
|Flesh colored,weakly pigmented or
unpigmented nose. In the Australian Shepherd, a nose lacking all
pigment is considered a Dudley nose.