Basic anatomy of Dog
Or Dog’s parts of the body you should know
Muzzle: It is the projecting part of the face. Muzzle includes upper and lower jaws. It is also called foreface. The size and shape of muzzle varies greatly in different breeds.
Flew: The flew is another name for dog’s lips. It includes the skin that hangs down over the muzzle. It’s the skin flapping in the breeze when our dogs head are out the windows of our cars.
Whiskers: whiskers or vibrissae, are long coarse hairs projecting from dog’s muzzle, jaw and above its eyes.
Stop: The indentation between the muzzle (foreface) and braincase (forebrain) is stop.
Dewlap: Dewlap is a flap of skin below the lower jaw.
Occiput: Occiput is the highest part of the skull at the back of the head and it is prominent in some dog breeds.
Leather: Ears are also known as leather.
Ruff: Thick, dense hair around the top of the neck.
Nape: The nape of the neck is where the neck joins the base of the skull in the back of the head.
Crest: The crest starts at the nape and ends at withers.
Withers: Withers is a ridge between shoulder blades of dog. Withers are top point of shoulders. It is the tallest point of the body and the standard place to measure an animal’s height.
Prosternum: Prosternum is the top of the sternum that can be seen as a projection in the fore chest.
Brisket: The keel, brisket, or sternum is the lower curve outline of chest or ribcage.
Loin: Loin is the back between the end of the rib cage and the beginning of pelvic bone.
Flank: The flank refers to the side of the dog between the end of the chest and the rear leg.
Croup(rump): Croup or rump is a portion of the posterior dorsum that is posterior to loins and anterior to the tail.
Tail set: The point at which the tail comes out of the dog’s body is called tail set.
Pasterns: Pasterns are equivalent to bones in your hands and feet – not counting fingers and toes.
Stifle: Stifle is a dog’s knee. It is a complex joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds.
Hock: Hock from Old English (heel), the joint located on the dog’s back leg below stifle. It creates a sharp angle at the back of the dog’s leg.
Dewclaws: Dewclaws are vestiges of thumbs in dog.
Basic anatomy of Dog