The term “Attitude” in relation to Heraldry, means the positioning of any placed “Mythical Beasts, Creatures or Animals”. The positioning – or Attitude is very important with regards to what “message” is trying to be portrayed. There are 7 recognized “Attitudes”:
Dormat – A Beast reclining, head down.
Crouchant – A Beast reclining, with it's head up and alert.
Passant – A Beast in forward movement – normally with one front leg extended.
Sejant – A Beast sitting erect on it's haunches.
Statant – A Beast standing erect, chest out and head up.
Salient – A Beast standing erect, leaping forward with BOTH rear legs together.
Rampant – A Beast standing erect, with all legs extended forward.
Several examples of implied traits for the intended Nobility would be, Truthfulness, Honor, Alertness, Piety and Vigilance.