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KING OLLIE HOUSE of BULLDOG

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Ollie, when he is ambling along on a walk, looks like he needs a front end alignment. His front sort of points a wee bit to the left and his backside is straight. I never really noticed this before because I never allow him to walk ahead of me. I noticed it when Bigly’s parents walked him and Bigly the other day and I saw Ollie from the back. They said, “Oh yeah he’s ways walked that way.” Rambo’s mother agreed.
I looked up “dog walks crooked” and got stuff about “crab walking.” This IS NOT what Ollie does.

https://www.rover.com/blog/dogs-walk-sideways/

Ollie is very athletic and built like the proverbial brick you know what. His chest (see photos) is incredibly wide, waist narrow, rear end not oversized just perfect I think. Ollie can run like the wind and often just leaps over shrubs etc when gecko hunting. The vet has never mentioned anything during her very thorough hands on exams.

Does anyone here have any idea what I’m talking about or has seen this? Could it have anything to do with his chest being so wide as opposed to his rear end? I’m not over concerned, just kind of stymied.
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2BullyMama

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Can you get video, I picture what Lambeau does but want to see what you are seeing


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Annie1991

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Punk walks that way also. Always has. Doesn't stop her though - she is out that dog door like a flash . .
 

Lalaloopsie

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Ah-ha-ha, didn’t you notice it before? What you describe is majestic, amazing, unique way of bulldog locomotion, called ROLLING! Bulldogs don’t walk, they roll! Check the bulldog standard, this is a necessary trait of gorgeous purebred bulldog, like Sir Ollie, rolling walk!
Front paws and hind paws must be different size and they walk with no connection between them! Gorgeous lion-like big front paws walk like they paddle to the left, small hind paws have two types of movement- when Bulldog isn’t in a hurry it is a trot, left-right, left-right, and when Sir Ollie is very excited, two hind paws move together in a jump- like movement.
I hope you understood from my description what I mean, not easy to describe but when I see this awkward trot my heart melts, I love so much this funny rolling walk!
 

oscarmayer

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Animal bodies(humans included) are symmetric...but not perfectly symmetric. Dogs will have legs that differ, are larger(bigger around and/or longer) from right to left.
In Ollie's case I would suspect that one or more of his legs(right, left, front or rear) are dominant/different enough to throw off his gait; his tracking is "off". Tracking is the automotive term for the front wheels aligned directly in front of the rear wheels. More simply put, he's out of alignment. It's a physical trait of Ollie and something you should embrace, just like the rest of him. It's one of the things that makes him special, different from every other Bulldog.
I am not familiar with any nearby, reputable Bulldog alignment shops and if I saw one I would be suspicious. There is, however, one not too far from you...in GA...3 locations!
https://www.bulldogtire.net/locations.aspx
 

helsonwheels

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Duke’s the odd ball. He trots when he walks. Those hips sure wiggles.
 

Cbrugs

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Duke’s the odd ball. He trots when he walks. Those hips sure wiggles.

Hahahaha...I always say Jax "prances" when he walks. I will have to pay attention next time to see what Louie does. I will say when Louie runs he sometimes gallops and looks like a bucking bronco. I am convinced he might be part horse.
 

Lalaloopsie

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Animal bodies(humans included) are symmetric...but not perfectly symmetric. Dogs will have legs that differ, are larger(bigger around and/or longer) from right to left.
In Ollie's case I would suspect that one or more of his legs(right, left, front or rear) are dominant/different enough to throw off his gait; his tracking is "off". Tracking is the automotive term for the front wheels aligned directly in front of the rear wheels. More simply put, he's out of alignment. It's a physical trait of Ollie and something you should embrace, just like the rest of him. It's one of the things that makes him special, different from every other Bulldog.
I am not familiar with any nearby, reputable Bulldog alignment shops and if I saw one I would be suspicious. There is, however, one not too far from you...in GA...3 locations!
https://www.bulldogtire.net/locations.aspx

No, no, no! Ollie has no asymmetry, it is peculiar bulldog way of walking! It is sign of purebreds! Called rolling! Look at the AKC standard under section Gait.
Gait:
The style and carriage are peculiar, his gait being a loose-jointed, shuffling, sidewise motion, giving the characteristic "roll." The action must, however, be unrestrained, free and vigorous.
 

Lalaloopsie

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[h=2]This is excerpt from British standard for EB breed.

Gait[/h][FONT=&quot]Movement and carriage are distinctive to the breed. There is a characteristic roll to the gait, which allows effortless movement without the pounding of the front assembly on the floor, or having the rear assembly so turned in or out as to cause cow-hocked or spread-hocked rear movement. Movement is somewhat constrained, moving with short, quick steps on the tips of the toes. The rear feet appear to skim the ground; they should not be lifted high. They always appear sound and efficient while in motion.[/FONT]
 

oscarmayer

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There is a characteristic roll to the gait, which allows effortless movement without the pounding of the front assembly...
I didn't get the impression that this is what she was describing.
 

Lalaloopsie

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I apologise in advance, I’m not a native English speaker, I’m not sure I can explain very clearly well the characteristic roll of bulldog. That’s why I put here kennel clubs descriptions. My friend back home was a bulldog breeder and she taught me about bulldog rolling Gait.
But I know what Dana is talking about 100%. It is that sidewise motion, when front paws paddle a bit to the left, and hind quarters is moving straight, very light almost like ballerina on their tiptoes.
I guess you need to see it ne time, because from m my skew description n broken English it is not obvious.
 

oscarmayer

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I guess you need to see it ne time, because from m my skew description
I can't get my guys to slow down enough to see anything but a blur. They run to the door. They run to the food bowl. They run out to potty. They run up the steps to get a ball. They run from each other. They, however, never run to their kennels when it's time to go to bed...especially MINI...they slow-walk that every time, taking FOREVER!
 

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