AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD
THE CHEST SHOULD NOT BE T00 WIDE BUT DEEP
AND CAPACIOUS WITH PLENTY OF LUNG AND HEART ROOM. THE RIBS WELL SPRUNG, WELL DEFINED
WITHER, POWERFUL LEVEL BACK, LOINS STRONG, CLEAN AND MUSCULAR, AND SLIGHTLY ARCHED.
The chest should be viewed from three angles.
From the front, it is deeper than it is wide and it is well filled. From above, it is
wider at the shoulder than at the loin. From the side the pro-sternum is only slightly
visible in front of the forelegs, but the lower portion of the chest extends to the
dogs elbow. A chest with a long rib cage is described as "well ribbed
back" which give plenty of room for the lungs to expand, which is necessary for
endurance. The underline of the chest gradually slopes upward from midway along the rib
cage to the end of the ribs. The Dalmatian has only a moderate tuck up. The back should be
level in motion and in natural stance. In a properly constructed dog with good muscle
development the topline from the withers to the onset of tail remains level whether the
dog is standing or moving. There should be well defined withers, but with no interruption
to the flow of neck into the shoulders and back. The loin should neither be excessively
long nor short. If anything, the Dalmatian is slightly longer than high from point of
shoulder to point of buttock, withers to ground. The extra length of rib cage, not loin.
The arching of the loins should not be exaggerated and comes from strong musculation.