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Dog Glossary – W

Glossary of Dog Terms:

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Walk: Gaiting pattern in which three legs are in support of the body at all times, each foot lifting from the ground one at a time in regular sequence.

Walleye: An eye with a whitish iris; a blue eye, fisheye, pearl eye.

Warrigal: A wolflike yellowish-brown wild dog of Australia.

Wean: The process of making a pup eat solid food instead of its mother’s milk. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.

Webbed: Connected by a membrane.

Webbed Toes: Toes connected by a skin membrane; important for water-retrieving dogs, providing help in swimming.

Weedy: An insufficient amount of bone; light boned.

Weimaraner: A large breed of hunting dog that originated in Germany, having a smooth grayish coat.

Well Let Down: Having short hocks; refers to short metatarsals.

Welsh Corgi: Either of two breeds of dog that originated in Wales, having a long body, short legs, and a foxlike head.

West Highland White Terrier: A small white terrier with upright ears and tail, developed in Scotland from Cairn, Scottish, and Skye terriers.

Wet Neck: Loose or superfluous skin; with dewlap.

Wheaten: Pale yellow or fawn color. The color of wheat. Color definitions may vary by breed. Always check the breed standard for the definitive color description.

Wheel Back: A marked arch of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae.

Whelp Date: The date of birth of a litter.

Whelping: The act of birthing puppies.

Whip Tail: Carried out stiffly straight and pointed.

Whiskers: Vibrissae or sensory organs (hairs) on the sides of the muzzle.

White: The color of dog that lacks pigmentation.

Whitelies: Body color white with red or dark markings. Color definitions may vary by breed. Always check the breed standard for the definitive color description.

Wicket: Device used to measure the height of a dog at the withers.

Wild Boar: Usually used to describe Dachshunds, this color is dull gray hairs intermingled with black hairs. Color definitions may vary by breed. Always check the breed standard for the definitive color description.

Wind: To catch the scent of game.

Winging: A gaiting fault where one or both front feet twist outward as the limbs swing forward.

Winter Nose: See Snow Nose

Wirehair: A coat of hard, crisp, wiry texture.

Withers: Highest point of a dog’s shoulders.

Wolf Sable: Used to describe Pomeranians. Silver or gray with black tips (no tan, white, or cream anywhere). Color definitions may vary by breed. Always check the breed standard for the definitive color description.

Working Group: Group of dogs used to pull carts, guard property, and for search and rescue.

Wrinkle: Loose, folding skin on forehead and foreface.

Wry Mouth: Asymmetrical alignment of upper and lower jaws; cross bite.