Woof! No, we're not talking about dog-speak, but rather we're speaking
about your dog. Are there terms related to dogs that have you confused?
Hopefully this list will help. If not, please contact us with your
term and we'll try to define it. Please note that some of the definitions
are humorous -- they are marked with a :-) -- so please don't take
Updated on July 20, 2000.
- The way a dog moves.
- Long chest hair beneath the neck. Frill.
- A type of hair coloring that consists of a fine blending of brown,
grey, black, and white.
- Thick, long hair on the underneath part of the muzzle.
- A type of hair coloring that is a mixture of white and another
- Bird Dog
- A dog that tracks birds by scent in the air (not on the ground).
- White makring between the eyes and down the nose.
- The shine of a healthy coat.
- Almost black.
- Blue Merle
- A type of hair coloring that consists of a blending of blue, grey,
and black hairs.
- A pair of dogs.
- A type of hair coloring and patterning where there is an even
mixture of black hair in lines over a brown, grey, or tan coat.
- The inside of the ear.
- Pointed molars in the upper and in the lower jaws.
- A head that is very clean-cut between the eyes.
- Hunting, usually of hare.
- Cross Bred
- A dog with parents of different breeds.
- The female parent.
- An extra toe on the inside of the leg that is often, but not
- Loose, pendulous skin beneath the throat.
- A condition that results in outward-turning eyelids.
- A condition that results in inward-turning eyelids.
- The upper canines.
- Any trait of a dog that conflicts with its breed's standard.
- Field Trial
- An outdoors competition in which dogs are judged for their
ability to track, point, and/or retrieve.
- A blaze that widens towards the skull.
- Long chest hair beneath the neck. Apron.
- This term is used to describe how a dog is moving -- the manner
Some gaits: walking, trotting, and running.
- Guard dog
- A live answering service
when any human or animal walks by your
- See Sight Hound.
- A type of hunting dog with exceptional eyesight and speed.
- A dog with coarse hair similar to a terrier.
- That's what a terrier is! :-)
- A type of coloring pattern that is patchy, usually black on a
- Hip Dysplasia
- A condition where the hip joint is not formed properly. The socket
is shallow and the head of the femur is not well rounded.
- A dog that hunts by sight or by scent.
- German for dog.
- A cross-bred sled dog.
- A soft-textured coat.
- A deep brown.
- The dark hair on the shoulders, back, and sides.
- A large, strong dog with drooping ears and pendulous lips.
- Blue grey with black flecks.
- Milk Teeth
- Baby teeth (the first teeth).
- The written record of a pure-bred dogs ancestry (lineage).
- Soft, dense undercoat.
- The stance a hunting dog takes to indicate the location of game.
The dog remains completely still while holding the stance.
- A hunting dog that can be trained to pick up shot game.
- Long, thick hair around the neck.
- A type of dog that has long hair and that freezes when it spots game,
only moving when commanded to flush out the game.
- Sheep Dog
- A dog trained to guard and herd sheep.
- Shepherd Dog
- A sheep dog.
- Sight Hound
- A hound that tracks its prey by sight (rather than smell). Examples are
Borzoi, Greyhounds, and Irish Wolfhounds.
- The male parent.
- Site Hound
- A puppy that spends all day surfin' the web. :-) Not to be confused
with a sight hound.
- A type of northern dog that has a wedge-shaped head with erect,
pointy ears, a thick coat, and a powerful build.
- A small dog bred to hunt rodents, rabbits, and other small game.
- The highest point on a dog's body (except for the head), it is
located behind the neck.
Source: Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs, 2nd ed.,
The Reader's Digest Association, Pleasantville, New York, 1993, pp. 378-381.