|Smooth, free and easy;
exhibiting agility of movement with a
well-balanced, ground covering stride. Fore and hind legs move straight
and parallel with
the center line of the body; as speed increases, the feet, both front
and rear, converge
toward the center line of gravity of the dog, while the topline remains
firm and level.
and efficient movement is essential to the Australian Shepherd who
must be capable of both endurance and agility while working long hours
over rough terrain.
Australian Shepherd should
be evaluated at a trot of moderate speed on a loose lead. Movement from
the side should
be balanced, free, and smooth with good forward reach
in front and the equivalent drive behind. The Australian Shepherd
should not exhibit extreme extension nor mincing, restricted
front step is
same length as the rear step when the front and rear angulation are
correct and in
forequarters should work in harmony with the rear. One end
should never be out moving the other. The
legs and feet should move in line with the body. The dog should not
feet sideways, prance or drag toes along the ground.
The topline should remain
level while the dog is in motion without evidence of bouncing or
rolling from side to side. The back should not sag, sway, or
be roached (arched).
moving at a walk, the Australian Shepherd does not single track,but as
the dog speeds up it
may single track or nearly single track at a trot.
moving away at a trot, the rear feet and legs of
the dog should converge towards the centerline of gravity. Imagine
a straight line drawn from the hip joint to foot pad. As the dog
these lines form a V shape with the widest points at the hips and
narrowing towards the pads of the feet.
Hocks should not swivel, bow outward (open hock) or turn inward (cow
When moving towards the viewer at a trot, the
legs converge in a straight column towards the central point
of gravity. Again, imagine a
V formed from the shoulders to the foot pad. Elbows should turn
neither in nor out. The pads should not flip to the side,
and movement should not appear to be parallel.