Canine Terminology – F

FALL Hair falling over face.
FANGS Canine teeth.
FEATHERING Long hair on back of legs or underside of tail.
FEET, EAST AND WEST Toes turned out.
FEMUR Bone below pelvis; upper thigh bone; bone between pelvis and stifle joint.
FIBULA Smaller of two bones between stifle and hock joints; located in lower thigh.
FLAG Tail with long hair; a feathered tail as on an Irish Setter.
FLANK Area between last rib and thigh; the area thinly covered with flesh and skin between the last rib and hindquarters.
FLASHY Superficial traits that attract favourable attention.
FLAT BONE Leg bone elliptical; not rounded or, put simply, ‘straight’.
FLEWS Pendulous upper lip, especially in the corners.
FLOATING RIB The last or thirteenth rib, which is not attached to other ribs.
FLYING EARS Ears that show excessive erective power are said to ‘fly’. A dog with semi-prick ears, which stand up has ‘flying ears‘. Ears pricked up more than is correct for the breed.
FOREARM The portion of the leg between the elbow and pastern.
FORECHEST The part of the dog in front of the points of the shoulder blades.
FOREFACE All of the portion of the head in front of the eyes.
FOREHAND Forequarters; all of the front leg including shoulder blade.
FOXY Expression of face that looks like a fox; pointed nose with short foreface; a sharp face.
FRINGES Feathering.
FRONT Front legs, chest, brisket and withers, but not head.
FRONTAL BONE The skull bones over the eyes.
FURROW Median line (caused by indentation) of skull.