LEARN MORE ABOUT PROPORTIONS
TEXT: MALGORZATA LULA - judge, Pon Breeder (Fervidus Kennel)
Ilustrator: Ewa Dobrzynska - artist, judge assistant, PON breeder (Blusalka Kennel)
Translated by Mr. Kris Bienkowski
The PON standard reads: "The body shape should be rectangular
rather than squared, proportions 9:10"
It seems that nothing needs to be added to this statement but...
|This magical "9:10" visually appears as a
square. You could verify this by drawing a rectangle on squared
paper. It is simple to draw a rectangle of 9 squares of height and
10 length, isn't it? It appears almost square, but it's certainly
a rectangle! Now place the PON's contour into this rectangle in
such a way that certain anatomical points touch the walls of the
rectangle. Front vertical wall crosses the shoulder joint, back
vertical wall touches the point of the buttocks (ischial tuberosity).
Be sure to exclude the coat. Horizontal lines are: upper at the
level of withers and lower at floor level. A well structured dog
will fit into this frame easily. For example: a PON of 50 cm
height should be 55 cm long, while a dog measuring 48 cm at withers
should be 53.3 cm long. The above examples illustrate correct
proportions of height to length and the depicted dog appears visually
compact and almost square (Fig.1)
|A dog with correct angulations of fore - and
hinquarters but incorrect proportions does not fit into the previously
described frame. An elongated silhouette is definitely a rectangle
and exceeds the vertical borders of the frame. Proportions are not
9:10 as in the standard and are incorrect. (Fig. 2)
|The fact remains that although a particular dog may fit
the frame, it does not prove that the dog is correctly structured.
A PON with an excessively long back and steeply angled hindquarters, in
spite of the correct proportions (height/length ratio) will have
improper movement. A dog with this problem has a much shorter
stride and weaker forward drive. (Fig. 3)
|A similar situation exists when a dog has the correct
proportions and fits the frame in spite of the fact that the loins are
too long and the front angulation is too steep. (fig. 4)
|The space that should be occupied by a correctly
angulated front is filled by an excessively long body. A dog
structured in this manner keeps the head too high and has a much shorter
front stride. (fig. 5)
|Front legs tend to swing excessively upward. Often
this type of dog handled "à la terrier" achieves great awards,
because it is "different". A dog with his head held up
high appears more attractive and "professionally" handled.
This is not, however, a typical PON movement or silhouette.
A PON with excellent proportions and good leg angulation (not exaggerated though) possesses a harmonious and compact silhouette, a straight back and well pronounced withers. The stride is long and ambling. The head is carried naturally in an almost horizontal position slightly above the line of the back. Is is truly a great pleasure to watch this movement. (Fig.6)