Betty Jo McKinney and Barbara Hagen Rieseberg, Sheltie Talk, Alpine Publications, 1976


The primary function of the dog's rear legs is to produce the drive which propels the body forward. However, the Standard also calls for the stance to be square and the gait true going away. A dog whose stance is less than perfect but who moves well is a superior individual to one who stands correctly and cannot move properly. Stance can always be trained or stacked, but movement is proof of structure.