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If you're looking for the stop on a dog's head, don't expect to find it readily in every dog. 

This specific feature isn't seen in all dogs, and in order to identify it, you'll have to take a look at the dog's head correctly. 

Discover what a dog's stop is and where you can find it.

 You'll also be likely curious to know that some dog breeds completely lack a stop and it's even mentioned in their standard!

What is a Dog's Stop? 

A dog’s stop is that indentation that starts from the dog's forehead and ends at the muzzle that is commonly seen in most dogs.

If you were to draw a line to contour a dog's face that has a stop, you would see a curve in this area.

 Its curving may vary to a certain degree, making it an excellent indicator of the dog's breed

Where is the Stop on a Dog's Head?

A dog's stop is located in between the dog's eyes, right where the nasal bones meet the cranium. 

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You may not readily recognize the stop if you're looking at your dog frontally, but it will pop up right away if you look at your dog's head from the side. 

In the picture below, you can clearly see a dog with the stop. It's that dip in the dog's forehead right between the eyes and the muzzle. 

Picture of the exact location of a stop on a dog's head. 

Picture of the exact location of a stop on a dog's head. 

Do All Dogs Have a Stop?

No, there are some dog breeds without a stop. For example, the bull terrier has none. 

According to the American Kennel Club's bull terrier's breed standard: "Full face, it should be oval in outline and be filled completely up, giving the impression of fullness with a surface devoid of hollows or indentations." 

Interestingly, a bull terrier's head indeed is described as being egg-shaped. Intrigued? Discover more about this: the bull terrier's egg-shaped head.

The Labrador retriever should have a moderate stop.

On the other hand, the cocker spaniel is described as having a pronounced stop, while the American Staffordshire Terrier is described as having a distinct stop. 

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