Canine Terminology – H

HACKLES Raise hackles; in anger a dog that involuntarily raises the hair on his neck and top of back is said to have his hackles up
HACKNEY ACTION High lifting of the front leg with pastern and paw pointed downward; named after the hackney horse; approved in Miniature Pinscher Standard.
HARD-MOUTHED Retrievers should be soft-mouthed; a dog that leaves tooth marks on retrieved game is said to be hard-mouthed.
HAREFOOT Foot as on a hare or rabbit; an elongated foot; a narrow long foot.
HARLEQUIN A coat colour, patched or pied; Great Danes with black patches on white.
HAW A membrane in the inside corner of the eye (a third eyelid). Bassets, Bloodhounds and Otterhounds should show haws; most other breeds consider showing the haw as a fault.
HEAT Oestrus; breeding period of bitches.
HEIGHT Height as measured from tip of shoulder blade to floor; height at withers.
HERRING GUT Bottom line of dog sweeps up from brisket to loin; ribs rapidly slope upward from keel to floating rib; a fault that decreases heart room.
HINDQUARTERS Rear assembly of dog (pelvis, thighs, hocks and paws)
HIP JOINT Ball and socket joint attaching rear leg at pelvis
HOCK The hock joint, lower joint on rear leg; often incorrectly used to mean the area from the hock joint to the paw.
HOCKS WELL LET DOWN Hock joints close to the ground. ‘Short’ hocks improve endurance. ‘Long’ hocks improve speed
HONOURABLE SCARS Scars resulting from injuries acquired when doing useful work, as hunting scars.
HUMERUS Bone between elbow and shoulder blade; upper arm bone.