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What exactly are flanged ribs? I've read they are a fault in show-quality bassets. Yet when I Google image search "flanged ribs" I can never see a difference.
 

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Hiya,

I've got flanged ribs, so yeah, no dog shows for me... do you have flanged ribs too?

Best way for me to describe is it's the bottom of the rib cage jutting out, instead of tapering in (like a person's rib cage should taper in as you go from top to bottom).

Someone stopped us once & said her dog had the same thing as a puppy & then the puppy outgrew it. Looked at the dog & yeah, couldn't tell. but we were skeptical about me, since it seemed so obvious that the bottom rib(s) were sticking out. but it's true-- dunno if i'll completely outgrow it, but it does seem less noticeable.

Here's the best pic we could find. Looking at the outline at the top, look ing below my arm, there shouldn't be that peak there that goes up. That's the abnormally large rib bone.

Also included another pic too.

hope that helps?
--Worm

ps. yeah, that's me smirking after i pushed all the peeple away from the bed : )
 

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Hmmm...some days are worse than others. And I only see the ribs jut out at certain angles.

I think Gwendolyn, our little foster girl, doesn't have flanged ribs. But it kind of looks like she does because her belly skin is super loose from having too many litters.

As for Copper, his ribs aren't as prominent as the photos of you, but you can see the last few ribs stick out a bit.

Doesn't matter, because he's not show quality anyways. He was given up by a family that was going to use him for breeding. Glad they gave him up before he was bred because we found out later (after an allergic onset made him go lame for a week) that he has a bone deformation in his front leg. Backyard breeders make me so angry. Gwen was the victim of irresponsible breeders and Copper almost was. Leave breeding to the professionals who take care exceptional care of their animals and understand genetics. End of short rant.
 

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Backyard breeders make me so angry. Gwen was the victim of irresponsible breeders and Copper almost was. Leave breeding to the professionals who take care exceptional care of their animals and understand genetics. End of short rant.
aye, aye, me totally agrees, Copper & Gwendolyn. that's exactly what methinks too & couldn't have said it better.

i'm knuckled over & I have flanged ribs, and also am some product of a backyard breeder type. no mention of the flanged ribs by the breeder, so that was a surprise when my person got me. she didn't notice it at first (since there were lots of distractions). then couple hours later at home, noticed that i have deformed ribs. ah well, at least there's no medical downside to it. but it did look kinda scarry at first, esp when i was super skinny.
 

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They are not a disqualifying fault. Which means the dog can be shown but you'll waste a lot of money. The rib cage flares out abnormally.When you run your hands along the sides of correct ribbing it should be very smooth to the touch and smooth to look at. Flanged ribs will be bumpy and you will see them sticking out, especially if the dog lies on his side the ribs will protrude abnormally.
 

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it's kind of hard to capture a picture. this is the closest we got.
fyi, Worm doesn't look this bad anymore. this was after he got sick Thanksgiving & lost weight. now he's gained most of it back.

the ribcage is abnormal. should taper in, but it splays out in the midsection.
 

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haha... yeah, kewl! Pricey take a pic and post it too, i wanna see ur landing stripe :)

oh yes, Mrs. bubbad. those flanged ribs r kinda tricky to capture. at some angles ya don't see it at all. the pics below we were trying to take pics of my ribs and my 'skinnies,' but not focused on the flanged ribs.

we really should try to take a pic of just the flanged rib. if i get a bettah one i'll post it.

i also need Estha's computah skillz--> she knows how to write an arrow in the pic? but i'm not technologically advanced to do it...!
--Worm
 

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Archie has that too. I never knew what it was called, but I had seen it before so I was never really worried about it.
 

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Hmm. Bertha has that too. But, since she the first dog I've ever owned, I didn't know it was a deformity. Just figured that's how the ribs are supposed to be. Ignorance is bliss.
 

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Fred's a "flanger" and a "Mr. crooked paw". Flanged ribs and a crooked right leg. Had them both checked out, but the vet saw nothing to be worried about. Some might call the deformities, I say they add character! As long as he's happy and not in pain.
 

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Mine is about three month's old. She does have a rib cage. Would it be correct to see it as a flanged rib or will she "grow into" it?
 

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Olive had a significantly flanged rib as a pup. It's gotten less noticeable as she's aged and filled out, but every now and then I can still feel it, mainly when she's on her side. This photo isn't the best, but it's all I could find on this silly little iPod. Sorry! ImageUploadedByPG Free1350788267.021497.jpg

It hasn't caused her any pain or medical problems, by the way.

Sent from my iPod touch using PG Free
 

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My puppy had them at 3 months, but as he grew bigger at 5 months they went away. I'd say if you have a young puppy don't worry about it. They'll most likely grow out of it. Puppies seem to grow unevenly in my experience.
 
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