Many dogs, especially larger breeds will pace. It's considered a "lazy" gait and can be indicative of muscular-skeleto problems such as hip dysplasia. Often as dogs age, they will begin to pace instead of a diagonal walk or trot. There are a couple of breeds where pacing is the normal gait.
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I have a mini aussie and she has lateral movement at all gaits. I call her Peppy Lapue as she kind of bounces when she is running. She has been like this since I got her as a puppy. She is in very good fitness and no apparent problems, just how she moves.
I'll have to look. I know that my bitch rarely walks; and it's very difficult (read: impossible) to gait her in a walk - learned this when I had her at the chiro. It was rather funny, but the chiro wasn't concerned. We just trotted her instead.
Not sure my 4 year old ever slows down to a walk unless he's dreading something -- for example, at bath time he walks very slowly.
Just asking - those above that are talking about pacing -- do you mean a pace at the "walk" or a pace instead of a trot? I know most dogs will pace on occasion (some more than others) instead of a diagonal trot, but I've never noticed it at the walk.
I was just thinking about this yesterday. My puppy paces at 5 months old. I hope it doesn't mean future issues. She has long legs and huge paws. She seems well balanced and growing evenly - all over all at once - lol!
10 mo pit mix puppy does both. Some opinions are that they sometimes outgrow the pacing as they get more coordinated. I am not sure pacing is a problem, unless an older dog starts doing it (like our older dog did as her arthritis got worse).
My large male Dobie does both, sometimes a lateral trot, or a diagonal trot. It seems to depend on how fast he's going.
The smaller female dobie only does a diagonal trot.
Walk for both, is a normal walk.