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Old 04-06-2007, 04:16 PM
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Many large Molosser type dogs have loose lips like the English Mastiff. I am wondering if there is a reason for this trait or if it was developed for looks by man.

Thanks for any info you have on this you might have.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:27 PM
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I am convinced it was put there so that people like me can grab it and shake it around whilst making baby noises and kissing their nose.
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:49 PM
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I am convinced it was put there so that people like me can grab it and shake it around whilst making baby noises and kissing their nose.
lol I like that response!
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:44 PM
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Loose skin serves the purpose of giving a dog the ability to not only turn and grab whatever is grabbing them, plus it deflects a bite from being able to grip on something vital.
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:08 PM
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I knew loose skin in general was for protection but I always wonder why the loose skin around the lips. I suppose if a dog is grabbed in the face it would give them more "wiggle" room.

I also read that in some breeds like the Bloodhound the lip skin waving back and forth stir up scent particles.
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Old 04-07-2007, 03:33 PM
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I knew loose skin in general was for protection but I always wonder why the loose skin around the lips. I suppose if a dog is grabbed in the face it would give them more "wiggle" room.

I also read that in some breeds like the Bloodhound the lip skin waving back and forth stir up scent particles.
I've watched mine use that "wiggle room" in play. They are more than willing to engage jaws, but if one misses and just gets jowls, she pays the price, lol! Kharma is "jowlier' than Shiva, and has a big advantage at this game.

Interestingly, in regard to your second paragraph, Kharma is also the superior tracker of the two.

It's very interesting to be able to observe this kind of stuff first hand
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:32 PM
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They're there for puppies to hang off of.

Personally, I am skeptical of the working function of loose lips. If you look at the APBT, who was bred to have every advantage in battle, they are tight-lipped. A floppy-lipped dog would be at greater risk of fanging himself -- ie, biting his own lip.
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Can you post a picture of the lips? Im looking at my pup and i dont see overly hanging lips.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:42 AM
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Can you post a picture of the lips? Im looking at my pup and i dont see overly hanging lips.
I don't want to post a picture of someone's dog with out permission but you can look at any English Mastiff (especially males)

Here is a drawing of what I mean.
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loose skin is there so that i can contort my dogs face into all kinds of wierd positions when we are cuddling on the sofa.
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