The shape and solution properties of fibrinogen are affected by the location of the C-terminal portion of the Aα chains, which is presently still controversial. We have measured the hydrodynamic properties of a human fibrinogen fraction with these appendages mostly intact, of chicken fibrinogen, where they lack 11 characteristic 13-amino acids repeats, and of human fragment X, a plasmin early degradation product in which they have been removed. The human fibrinogen/fragment X samples were extensively characterized by SDS-PAGE/Western blotting and mass spectrometry, allowing their composition to be precisely determined. The solution properties of all samples were then investigated by analytical ultracentrifugation and size-exclusion HPLC coupled with multi-angle light scattering and differential pressure viscometry detectors. The measured parameters suggest that the extra repeats have little influence on the overall fibrinogen conformation, while a significant change is brought about by the removal of the C-terminal portion of the Aα chains beyond residue Aα200.