Points of a Dog
What are ‘points of a dog?’ Very simply it’s a name for all the body parts of the dog so that we know what we are referring to. These words will also be used by a judge when he is writing a report (called a critique) of our dog if we a re lucky enough to win a place at a show. The judge has to write up these reports as part of his judging contract. These reports are printed in the weekly canine press.
Common Terms:Here are a few of the most common terms used:
- Withers:Top of the shoulders behind the neck.
- Loin:Back of the dog between the ribs and the hips.
- Croup:Top of the dogs rump between the loin and the tail.
- Stifle:Located on the rear leg above the ankle – this is the dog’s knee.
- Forearm:Part of the foreleg between the elbow and the pastern.
- Upper Arm:The top part of the front leg.
- Pastern:Part of the leg below the front knee or below the hock of the rear leg.
- Elbow:Knobbly part of the top of the front leg at the rear.
- Brisket:The dogs chest.
- Ribcage:The bones covering a dogs lungs.
- Shoulder:Joint at the upper part of the foreleg.
- Ear Set:The way the ear lays.
- Occiput:A raised bone at the rear of the skull.
- Stop:Indented part of the skull between the eyes.
- Foreface:The head in front of the eyes.
- Forefoot:Front feet.
- Hindfoot:Rear feet.
- Declaw:Small claw found above the other toes on the inner paw often removed.
- Muzzle:Front part of the jaws.
- Flews:Hanging part of the top lips.
- Hock:Bones that form the ankle of the dog.
- Hips:Joints at the uppermost part the hind legs.