View Full Version : Hind Legs Don't Bend When Walking???

30th September 2007, 02:38 PM
Can anyone tell me if the Cavs bend their hind knees when they walk? I really never noticed but someone had made comment that my dogs back legs did not bend when walks. It is more of a shuffle like walk. Is that normal? Should I have him checked out? His legs bend fine otherwise!


Cathy Moon
30th September 2007, 03:27 PM
How old is Freddie and is he at a good weight? Has he ever had back or knee problems?

Cathy T
30th September 2007, 04:29 PM
Their back legs should flex when they walk. Shelby had knee surgery on one knee and her other knee isn't great but surgery on it isn't an option. She walks kind of stiff-legged compared to Jake. I'd have your vet take a leg at his knees.

Barbara Nixon
30th September 2007, 04:52 PM
I've just asked David to call a couple of dogs across the room, so I can observe and notice that they sort of spring along with the back legs appearing to propel them forwards.

30th September 2007, 05:17 PM
I would get this checked out by your vet, there should be a powerful flexing movement that propels them forwards with drive from behind.

1st October 2007, 03:32 PM
Freddy will be two in Dec. He does not cry or complain or limp at all. While we were out one day, someone made mention how when he walks, he shuffles his back legs and they do not bend. Then I watched him while he ran, and indeed he does bend his knees. In the house or on a very slow walk he does not bend them. I think I will take him to the vet and see what he says. I am going on Holiday for 2 weeks but will do that when I return. Thanks all.

Cathy T
1st October 2007, 03:35 PM
Shelby didn't complain about her knees either. She had a funny walk as a puppy but we didn't attribute it to her knees, just to being a puppy. When she ran she moved nicely but you could see when she walked it didn't look quite right. Let us know what you find out. And if you do find out it's luxating patellas it's surely not the worst news you could get. Lots of us have been through the surgery with success.

1st October 2007, 03:45 PM
Thanks!! I will keep you posted.. A wonderful friend is taking freddy for the next two weeks, perhaps I will tell her to have him checked out at the vet while i am gone..