Now You're Talkin' Dog

Learn dog terminology that any dog fancier should know.

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J

Jowls: Flesh of the lips and jaws.

K

KCS: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Dry eye caused by decreased tear production. May lead to ulceration.

L

Luxating patella: Patellar luxation, dislocation of the kneecap.

M

Merle: Dark patches on a lighter background (blue or grey), often with flecks of black.

Muzzle: (1) The foreface. (2) A fabric or leather device to keep the dog from biting, but allowing it to breathe comfortably.

N

Neutering: Castration, the surgical removal of the testicles.

Nictitating membrane: Third eyelid, a pink membrane normally folded out of sight in the inner corner of a dogs eye.

O

Obedience trial: A competitive canine performance event in which dogs are tested on their ability to respond to specific instructions.

P

Pad: Thick, cushiony skin on the underside of the foot; the sole.

Pedigree: A dogs family tree, usually showing four or five generations. It is not the same as a registration.

Q

Quartering: In field events, when the dog traverses (moves back and forth over) an area of ground while advancing forward.

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