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AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD AND EXTENSION

GAIT/MOVEMENT

    THE DALMATIAN SHOULD HAVE GREAT FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT. A SMOOTH, POWERFUL RHYTHMIC ACTION WITH A LONG STRIDE. VIEWED FROM BEHIND, THE LEGS SHOULD MOVE IN PARALLEL, THE HIND LEGS TRACKING THE FORE. A SHORT STRIDE AND PADDLING ACTION IS INCORRECT.

    Movement tells us much about the Dalmatians structure, which is not always revealed when it is standing still, for it reflects its physical co-ordination, balance for the body and soundness. The dog seeming to exert a minimum of effort to cover the ground. When judging the Dalmatian in the ring, the length of stride should be in proportion to the dog, steady in rhythm of 1,2,3,4. Front legs should not paddle, nor should there be a straddling appearance. Hind legs should neither cross nor weave. Judges should be able to see each leg move with no interference from another leg. Drive and reach are most desirable. When a dog moves away from the judge in a straight line, the hind legs conceal the fore, the hind foot covering the spot the fore foot has just left, not overreaching.