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Dog Head & Face Terminology

By Paige

Whether you are a full time breeder or a casual dog owner, knowing terminology associated with the canine breed can make you better at what you do.

Here are simple definitions for basic dog head & nose terminology.

Apple-headed

Apple-head

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A rounded or domed shaped head.

Brachycephalic

Brachycephalic

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A broad head with a short, squashed looking muzzle.
Butterfly Nose

Butterfly Nose

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A dark and light patterned nose, the light spots lacking pigment.
Dish-faced

Dish-faced

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A concave profile with the nose slightly tipped up.
Dolichocephalic

Dolichocephalic

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A narrow head with a long, slender muzzle.
Down-faced

Down-faced

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A convex profile with the muzzle slightly curved downward.
Dudley Nose

Dudley Nose

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A flesh or liver colored nose.
Flews

Flews

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The upper lips of a dog, especially those that are pendulous.
Haw

Haw

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A membrane of the eye that can be exposed, basically a third eyelid.
Mesaticephalic

Mesaticephalic

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A dog whose cranium & nasal cavity are about the same length.
Occiput

Occiput

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This is the highest point on the back of a dog’s skull, just above where the neck joins the head.
Stop

Stop

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A depression at the junction between the muzzle and the head.
Snipey

Snipey

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Weak, pointed muzzle lacking underjaw.

Want To Learn More?

There is always more to learn and knowing the basics can never hurt. Learn about dog head types & ear types, anatomy & skeletal anatomy or just brush up on more terminology.

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