Dog Body Terminology

English SetterEnglish Setter

The body of each breed of dog reflects very much what the dog was originally bred for. This section covers terminology related to general body proportions, different types of coat and variations in skin that are particular to some dog breeds.

Body Cocker Spaniel Height at Shoulder

Dog Body Proportions

This section discusses body height and length proportions, spanning a terrier and the effect on short legged dogs when the chest drops below the elbows. For the purposes of this discussion, we shall consider the body in profile to be made up of the topline from where the neck ends to where the tail begins and the underline from the ... »» Read more...

Coat Yorkshire Terrier

Dog Coat Terminology

This section explains different coat types. Most dogs have a 'double coat' consisting of two layers. However, some more unusual coat types including those consisting of a single layer are explained here. For example the Yorkshire Terrier pictured has a long straight glamorous topcoat which is fine and silky somewhat like human hair. »» Read more...

Basset Hound Haw

Skin Terminology

Apart from being coated or hairless, the skin of a dog can come in many variations. It can cover the dog tightly, or be so loose in a particular area that it becomes a characteristic described by a specific term. This page explains the names of some of these loose skin formations. »» Read more...


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