Now You're Talkin' Dog

Learn dog terminology that any dog fancier should know.

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R

Reverse sneeze: A peculiar snort, probably caused by a spasm of the throat muscle, sometimes due to mucus, food or a foreign body. It is not dangerous.

Ruff: Long, thick hair on the neck.

S

Scent hound: A hunting dog that tracks by its nose. Examples include the Beagle and the Basset Hound.

Sight hound: A hound that hunts primarily by eyesight rather than scent. Examples include the Afghan and Saluki.

Sire: Male parent.

T

Ticking: Color flecks on a white background.

Tuck up: Narrower, thinner area around the loins.

U

Undercoat: A soft, dense coat beneath the more visible outer coat.

V

Vaccine: Material derived from a disease-causing virus or bacteria used to prime the bodys immune system and prevent it from catching the actual disease.

Variety: A subtype of breed that can be shown separately, but which can be interbred with other varieties of the same breed.

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