dogs' and cats' paws and tracks
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The pattern of movement of animals during (terrestrial) locomotion.
Gaits used by cats and dogs include the walk, the amble, the pace, the trot, the canter and the gallop.
A characteristic of a pet that deviates from the breed standard.
Breed standards specify characteristics that are undesirable, some being disqualifying faults.
A symmetrical, two-beat gait in which diagonally contralateral limbs move in unison.
This is an endurance gait, which allows coverage of ground at a reasonable speed but without expending maximum energy. The trot may, therefore, be maintained for hours.
The foot of a cranial (
An imaginary line along the direction of travel.
The foot of a caudal (
Fault of hock joints turning in, and stifles and feet turning out, giving the impression of the shape of the hindquarters of a cow.
Feet twist feet inwards, towards each other.
The tarsal region or tarsal joint of the hind leg of a quadruped.
Also known (colloquially) as the
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joints twist outwards. This causes the feet to
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