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Home arrow Chow Chow Information arrow Illustrated Breed Standard arrow Glossary Of Terms (page 27)

Glossary Of Terms



Coupling:  The part of the body between the ribs and pelvis/hindquarters: the loin.

Croup:  The region of the pelvic girdle, formed by the sacrum and the surrounding tissue.

Dewclaw:  An extra claw or functionless (vestigial) digit on the inside of the leg; a rudimentary fifth toe.

Disqualification:  A decision made by a judge or by a bench show committee following a determination that a dog has a condition that makes its ineligible for any further competition under the dog show rules or under the standard for its breed or, an undesirable feature of a dog that results in such an action.

Dog: A  male dog; also used collectively to designate both male and female.

Double coat:  An outer coat resistant to weather and protective against brush and brambles, together with an undercoat of sober hair for warmth and waterproofing.


Drop ear:  The ear leather is folded at least to some degree, as contrasted with erect or prick ears.

Elbow:  The posterior region of the articulation between the arm (humerous) and the forearm (ulna).

Elbows out:  Turning out or off from the body; not held close.

Expression:  The general appearance of all features of the head.

Fawn:  A brown, red-yellow with hue of medium brilliance.

Feathering:  Longer fringe of hair on ears, legs, tail or body.

Flank:  The side of the body between the last rib and the hip. The coupling.

Forearm:  The portion of the forelimb between the arm and the wrist, including the radius and the ulna.

Front:  The forepart of the body as viewed head on; i.e., forelegs, chest, brisket, and shoulder line.

Furrow:  A slight indentation or median line down the center of the skull to the stop.


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