Sports Medicine

Quantitative Comparison of the Walk and Trot of Border Collies and Labrador Retrievers, Breeds With Different Performance Requirements

M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR
Zink Integrative Sports Medicine

Sherman O. Canapp Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group Baltimore, MD

Brittany Jean Carr, DVM

PROCEEDINGS: NAVC Conference 2015

chapter-406 ABSTRACT Border Collies were bred to herd sheep, an activity that requires quickness and acute, accurate changes in direction as dogs move sheep across varied terrain. In contrast, Labrador retrievers were bred to run straight to the location of shot and downed game, retrieve the birds, and return directly to the hunter. We hypothesized that these differences in function would be reflected in measurable, quantitative differences in the gaits of these two...