Yorkshire Afghan Hound Society’s2ND World CongressCarlton Towers – Yorkshire, UKSeptember 2003
THE AFGHAN HOUND Past and Present Form and Function (What Do We Truly Want and Why)
About Dr. Dennis Eschbach • Raise and train Afghan Hounds and Salukis. • Licensed Chiropractor since 1984. • Animal Chiropractor since 1982. • Certified in Animal Chiropractic by AVCA in 1992. • Advanced certification by AVCA in 1995. • International Instructor since 1992. • Maintains large practice in 4 states. • Co-Owns Options for Animals School of Animal Chiropractic. • Chair, Board of Regents, International College of Animal Chiropractic.
Sorry, But It’s Time To Work! Please take a sheet of paper and write down the following: (DO NOT WRITE YOR NAME) • Number of years ‘in’ Afghan Hounds? • Number of Afghans owned? Bred? • Do you judge Afghan Hounds? • Do you judge in more than one country using more than one standard?
What IS An Afghan Hound? Please take One (1) minute each to write down your explanation of the following: • GeneralAppearance…has a straight front, … • Neck…of good length, strong… • Body…Strong and powerful loin, appearing slightly arched, falling away toward the stern. • Forequarters…Shoulders long and sloping, well laid back… • Hindquarters…good angulation of both stifle and hock…short distance between hock and foot. Now please pass your sheets to the center and I will collect them and send a collation of the answers to any of you that would like them. Thank You.
What IS An Afghan Hound? All of the previous five (5) phrases appear, in most instances word for word, in all of the following standards: Denyer Standard (Great Britain 1925-1933) Great Britain Standard (1933-1946) British Kennel Club Standard (BKC) (1946-Present) American Kennel Club Standard (AKC) (1926-1948) American Kennel Club Standard (AKC) (1948-Present) Federation Cynologique Internationale Standard (FCI) Australian Standard Canadian Kennel Club Standard (CKC)
Content of Today’s Lecture • The Afghan Hound ‘Standard of Standards’. • Basic Afghan Hound Anatomy and How It Matches the Standard. - The Spine - The Front Assembly • Afghan Hound Movement and How It Is Effected By Anatomy. - The Trot - The Flying Trot - The Double-Suspended Gallop
The Canine Spinal Column and Pelvis1 • Consists of the occiput, 27 vertebrae, a 3 segment sacrum, and a two boned pelvis. (Excluding the coccyx, or tail.) • Contains over 135 freely moveable joints.
The Canine Spinal Column and Pelvis2 • Primary Curves are those present birth. These are all “lordotic”, or fetal position. • Secondary Curves develop with use. Lower cervical spine with raising the head. (Afghan Hound coccyx ring from using tail.)
The Canine Spinal Column and Pelvis3 • the shape of the curves of the spine, • plus the shape of each vertebrae, • plus the condition of the muscle. Outline and shape of a dog is a combination of:
Front Assembly 1 Muscles: • Enable a dog to move. • Move various parts of the dog’s body. • Some muscles span more than one joint. • Strong, Powerful, well muscled, etc. are important parts of the standards as these areas of the Afghan’s body DESCRIBE the outstanding characteristics of the breed. tkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Tkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
Front Assembly 2 • The power of a muscle depends on its angle of pull. • The neutral position of the lever arms (bones), length of the muscle and the tension of the muscles is the CONFORMATION of our dogs.
The Trot • A two beat gait utilizing diagonal pairs. • The rear feet should track with the front and converge with speed. • The rear foot should be placed nearly in the same footprint as the front. • There is a very short, almost imperceptible, amount of time when the dog is suspended. • In the afghan, the trot should be performed effortlessly. It is a gait of little excess movement, and NO wasted energy. • At a trot, especially with a correct, proud head and tail carriage, the Afghan Hound should appear to float, NOT bounce.
The Flying Trot(California Side Gait) • A two beat gait utilizing diagonal pairs. • The rear feet many times track to the inside or outside of the front, often causing a slight crabbing or side-winding movement. (A long back compensates for this.) • The rear foot is placed forward of the front footprint in an ‘over-striding’ appearance. • There is a moderate amount of time when the dog is suspended. • In the Flying Trot, the Afghan Hound moves quickly, but wastes energy elevating himself for the periods of suspension. There is an appearance of a ‘bouncy’ gait. • In the Afghan Hound, SPEED is achieved in the springy and elastic double suspended gallop.
The Double Suspended Gallop • A four beat gait utilizing diagonal pairs as well as front to back pairs. • The rear feet should track outside the front feet. • The only gait in which all four legs are fully flexed or extended • In extension, the Afghan utilizes his well muscled shoulders to pull. In extension, the rear feet greatly over-stride the front, in extreme engagement of the rear assembly, for power. • There are two extended periods when the dog is suspended. • The Afghan Hound uses this extreme gait for tremendous bursts of springy, elastic speed.
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THE END Thank you to the YAHS for asking me to attend, and many thanks to all of you for listening.