Morrison is my first GSP, although not my first dog. He is now 18 months old and it's been a wild ride so far.
I've had a couple of comments from people who own and have seen Morrison recently regarding his chest dropping. Hmmm...no idea what this means.
When he was a growing pupper he would go from being very long legged to really skinny to normal. This was probably due to different things growing at different times. He is now 57 lbs and I think he is perfect in every way (biased, I know).
So.... what does a dropped chest vs. a non-dropped chest look like and are there anymore physical changes I can expect? Let me know if you need a pic.
I don't know anything about the chest dropping question BUT I do know we always need pictures
Ask and ye shall recieve...
The best and most recent side view that I have:
and a front view with my 97 lb lab (after swimming) for size comparison:
Is he fixed? If so, at what age was he fixed? This apparently can affect the development of the chest profile. Bo definitely has had his chest fill in in the last couple months, although he's still not quite as "barrel-chested" as some of the other pointers we know. (I can't see the pic at work, so I can't comment on Morrison.)
I can try to get some young pix of Bo versus some new ones to see if they look similar, since they are very close in age (Bo is almost 17 months).
Being told his chest is dropping is not a bad thing, it's a good thing. For a GSP to have desirable chest confirmation, you want it to come down to the elbows. Look at the photo below. Rosie has a nice deep chest (especially for a female).
This takes a while to happen. Puppies aren't built that way.
Here's Willow at 15 mos, look carefully at the "volume" of her chest:
Now here's a couple at ages 4-5 years:
Notice the difference?
Here's Hemi at ~1 yr:
And Hemi at 4:
Hope that helps.
An 18mos old GSP is still growing into himself. I don't judge chest depth and breadth until they are 2 or 3.