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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, relaxed gait between the walk and the trot, in which ipsilateral limbs move in unison.
Weight is transferred from one side to the other, usually resulting in a rolling motion of the body.
This gait offers faster speed than the walk but expends less energy than a trot.
The foot of a cranial (
An imaginary line along the direction of travel.
The foot of a caudal (
The hind region of the dog, from the loin.
The front region of an animal, excluding the head and neck.
The tarsal region or tarsal joint of the hind leg of a quadruped.
Also known (colloquially) as the
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in which the body (especially the
) sways from one side to the other.
This is not necessarily a
. Some breeds of dog (such as the Bulldog, Pekingese, Clumber and Sussex spaniels) tend to roll, but this should not be exaggerated.
is a natural rolling gait.
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