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Old 04-06-2007, 05:16 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.

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Old 04-06-2007, 05:27 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 04-06-2007, 05:44 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, 07:08 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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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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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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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.
LOL! I love that!

Yes, I read a book once written by a Pit Bull and he described how he hated having to fight dogs with loose skin, how difficult it was to really get a good grip. LOL. It was the cutest book.
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In one of Bruce Fogle's books, there is a photo series of a Bloodhound pup walking up to a Mastiff (or Bullmastiff) adult. In one of the scenes, the pup grabs a big mouthful of the other dog's dewlap and gives it a good tug. Poor Mastiff.

I dunno. I look at the English Bulldog, and how he evolved by people setting down on paper the traits they thought would make a good bull-baiter. But they're really just deformities. That's why I'm skeptical of somebody telling me that such-and-such trait benefits a dog in a performance area, without seeing it myself.
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