Showsight Presents the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Let’s proceed to examine other SCWT outlines in the same manner. Clever groomers have created several tech- niques designed to suggest a shorter back. One is to back- comb and tease hair from the lower portion of the neck, withers and part way down the back. When a dog appears to have a neck as thick as this one, it is a dead giveaway that the dog is not as short backed as one might suppose. It is also hard to determine shoulder layback under all the hair. In the same manner, build up of hair in front of the tail can easily hide a low set tail and/or croup drop-o ff . Excess hair on the top-skull can create the impression of both a longer head and a longer neck. Th e latter also makes the ear, which should be level with or slightly above top-skull, appear low set. Another ruse, designed to create a back shorter than it really is, is to bring the tuck-up further forward than the loin area and allow the side skirt behind the ersatz tuck-up to appear as leg furnishings. Based on the over-stretched rear, I would suspect a straight stifle. Below is another dog with slightly di ff erent proportions. Obviously, head, neck and back are not equal. It is lacking su ffi cient neck to balance a pleasing length of head. It is also slightly longer than tall. Th e lack of neck would indicate an upright shoulder. Added to that, the dog is low on leg.

Head Neck Back

Red lines indicate dog is longer than tall Length Height

Proper tuck-up should be beyond ribcage Instead of here Body coat disguised as leg furnishings

Length Height Depth of chest Length of leg

Head Neck Back

292 • S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , F EBRUARY 2015

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