describing a dogís head, proper canine terminology
includes terms such as "apple head,"
"brick shaped," and "otter head." In
addition to the 14 different shapes, there are three
divisions in skull formation and 5 skull shapes that all
contribute to the breed of a dog.
you can get a headís up on your dogís cranium by
reading the following guide:
In an apple shaped head, the roof of the skull resembles
an inverted hemisphere or "apple." The head is
rounded in all directions according to breed. Chihuahuas
are a good example of this sharp skull shape.
Dogs with this type of head have a "balanced"
bone structure. The skull and face are equal in length.
Think Gorden Setters, and youíll get a good mental
picture of what a balanced head looks like.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a great example of a
brick-shaped head dog. The brick shape has a skull and
muzzle approximately equal in width, giving the face a
square or "boxy" look. Many dogs with brick
shaped heads are groomed to accentuate their handsome
Having a "clean head" doesnít necessarily
mean a dog has just been bathed. These breeds, which
include the likes of Belgian Shepherd Dogs, are
described as clean heads because the head is free from
wrinkles and lumps caused by bone or muscle. Another
term used in association with clean head is "dry
head" or "gaunt" head.
Triangular in outline, both from the side and from
above, a cone-shaped head is the common in breeds such
The word "egg" pretty much describes the shape
of adorable faces such as the Bull Terrier. With this
breed, the head tapers in towards the nose, giving the
head an egg or oval shape.
Spitz breeds, such as the Samoyed and Pomeranian, are
recognized by their fox faces. These breeds have
elongated heads that are triangular in shape with a fine
face, giving them sharp, fox -like features.
No dog wants to be compared to an otter, but dogs that
have the head that takes the namesake of this cute
critter include breeds such as the Border Terrier.
Due itís uniquely contoured head shape, the Bedlington
Terrier is described as having a pear-shaped head. These
breeds are also groomed to high-light their delicate
The Borzoi is an example of a breed with a long or
tapering head. Typically these breeds have a long,
narrow head which tapers. This term also applies to
those breeds in which the stop is only slight.
When viewed in profile, the Ramís Head covers the
combination of the contours of skull and face, which
appear convex. Common breeds with a ramís head include
the Bull and Bedlington Terrier.
Otherwise know as a round head, a breed that fit this
description includes the French Bulldog. These dogs have
an overall shape of a foreshortened head combined with a
broad, square skull that produces the short head look.
Just because your dog may have a square head, doesnít
mean that he is a square. In fact, the Pointer is the
most common breed with a squared off head. The
squared-off refers to the muzzle or lip shape of a head,
which is not V shaped or rounded.