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A Closer Look at the Chihuahua
by Laurence Fitt-Savage


The forequarters (or forehand) of the dog may not always receive as much attention as the hindquarters, but they are equally important.  The hindquarters provide the drive, the forequarters propel on the turn, absorb the impact of each stride or jump, ensure travel in a straight line, assist in maintaining the stability of the centre of gravity and carry weight.  Faults in the forequarters assembly can therefore have serious consequences.  Note that the foreleg does not end at the elbow, although its structure is harder to see than that of the hindquarters.

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Skull :: Jaws and Cheeks :: Muzzle :: Bite :: Eyes :: Ears :: Neck :: Forequarters
Shoulder :: Movement :: Balance :: Forehand :: Foreaction :: Musculature
Hindquarters :: Hindaction :: Croup :: Angulation :: Back :: Body Shape :: Chest :: Tail

Reproduced from the British Chihuahua Club Handbook 1987

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