Well muscled quarters set wide enough apart to fit into a properly balanced body. As viewed from the rear, the legs are straight and parallel. From the side, well angulated. Thighs well muscled. Stifles well defined. Hocks short, set well apart. Dewclaws should be removed. Feet small, catlike, toes strong, well arched and closely knit with deep pads. Nails thick, blunt.
Balanced and strong again. If the angles of the Femur and the Tibia are not correct you will not get a well defined stifle and the hindquarter angulation will be faulty. The best way to determine a correctly angulated rear is when the dog is on the ground and standing naturally. Too much rear angulation can result in cowhocks and usually accompanies too much of a sloping topline which would affect the gait while too little of an angle results in a straight stifle and stilted movement in the rear.