Be Unique with These Hipster Dog Names!

A name speaks volumes about your personality. Names define us. That’s as true for dogs as it is for humans. Dog names are very important. Not only do they say a lot about your dog, they are also a reflection of you.

We like to give our readers lots of ideas for good dog names based on a variety of factors, like hair color and personality. Finding the right dog name is not always easy, but once you hit upon that perfect name you’ll know that it was all worthwhile.

Let’s look at some of the best hipster dog names.

Merriam-Webster defines the word “hipster” as a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns (as in jazz or fashion). So what does being a hipster mean to you? And more importantly, how will that impact the way you name your dog?

For all you hipsters out there who are looking for a good dog name, we would like to share this list of hipster dog names with you. And who knows, when you read this list of hipster dog names you just might find the one that’s right for you and your dog.

Hipster Dog Names for Girls:

  • Breah
  • Callie
  • Clementine
  • Cleo
  • Daisy
  • Dashiell
  • Fifi
  • Flannery
  • Flora
  • Frankie
  • Hazel
  • Huntley
  • India
  • Ione
  • Ivy
  • Lila
  • Lola
  • Maisie
  • Matilda
  • Mia
  • Neva
  • Prairie
  • Ramona
  • Remedy
  • Romy
  • Rogue
  • Sadie
  • Saffron
  • Scarlet
  • Scout
  • Sia
  • Stella
  • Tallulah
  • Wren
  • Violet
  • Zinnia
  • Zola

Hipster Dog Names for Boys:

  • Asher
  • Atticus
  • Auden
  • August
  • Axl
  • Beckett
  • Brax
  • Bruno
  • Dexter
  • Django
  • Everitt
  • Fenton
  • Fitz
  • Homer
  • Ike
  • Kingston
  • Leopold
  • Lionel
  • Luca
  • Miles
  • Milo
  • Nico
  • Nix
  • Orlando
  • Orson
  • Otis
  • Otto
  • Prince
  • Rufus
  • Salinger
  • Sebastian
  • Sullivan
  • Theo
  • Waldo
  • Zane
  • Zeus

Hipster Dog Names for Gender Neutral:

  • Adley
  • Amory
  • Ansen
  • Bracken
  • Cobi
  • Hayes
  • Hudson
  • Kai
  • Kagan
  • Klynn
  • Lennon
  • Mikkel
  • Mishka
  • Orly
  • Pike
  • Tate
  • Teigen
  • Woodson

Hip Hop Dog Names

According to Wikipedia, hip hop is a subculture and art movement developed in the Bronx in New York City during the late 1970s. Hip hop culture has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the United States and subsequently the world.

Hip hop music has grown into a culture of people devoted to rap music. If you love hip hop music, you might want to give your dog a name that reflects your love of hip hop. So for you, we have this list of hip hop dog names.

Read through our list of hip hop dog names and see if you find the right name for you and your dog. You’ll want to find a name that shows your love of hip hop and a name that best fits your dog.

If you have a girl dog, you might want to name her Cardi B, Cupcakke, Da Girl or Ri Ri. If you have a boy dog and you’re looking for some good hip hop dog names you might want to think about Bow Wow, Biggie, or Sir Bark-A-Lot. Or if you’re looking for hip hop dog names that are gender neutral, you might want to consider Gansta, Fizzle or Skinnie.

To see our complete list of hip hop dog names, go to our article Hip Hop Dog Names.

Literary Dog Names

If you love to read, maybe you should find your dog’s name in the pages of your favorite book, or maybe you should name your dog after your favorite author. Literary dog names can be fun for everyone. If you’re looking for literary dog names for a girl dog, you might want to consider Alice, Ariel, Hermonie or Katniss. If you’re looking for literary dog names for boy dogs, you might want to pick a name like Remus, Homer or Loki. Or, if you’re looking for gender neutral literary dog names, think about names like Boo, Pip or Toto.

We have a list of literary dog names that we think you’ll like. See if something strikes your fancy! To read our complete list of literary dog names go to Literary Dog Names.

Old Man Names for Dogs

Looking for old man names for dogs? Well look no further than our list of old man names for dogs. These names give a nod to yesterday. Some are very common old man names that you hear all of the time, and some are old man names that you don’t hear very often. Read on and check out our old man names for dogs. We’ve got names like Cornelius, Marvin, Sheldon and Ezra.

Also, we don’t want to leave the girls out. So we’ve also included a list of old woman names for dogs. Our list includes names like Esther, Agatha, Beatrice and Mabel.

My Dog Is Constantly Licking His Nose

Have you ever wondered why your dog may lick his nose? There are numerous reasons why dogs may lick their noses and some can have serious health consequences. Below we will review causes for dogs to constantly lick their nose.

Causes of Dog Constantly Licking Nose

Below are some possible causes for dogs licking their noses:

Behavioral Causes of a Dog Constantly Licking His Nose

  • Normal behavior
    • Dogs rely on their amazing sense of smell and will lick their nose to keep it moist. The increased moisture can allow dogs to better pick up scents.
    • Some dogs will lick their noses when there is something on their nose. For example, a dog presented because pinesap was on his nose and it felt funny/sticky so he was constantly licking his nose.
  • Behavioral reasons
    • Some dogs will lick their lips or noses when they are confused or anxious. For example, some dogs with storm phobias may lick their noses when they are nervous.
    • Some dogs will lick their noses due to a behavioral problem such as a compulsive disorder. Compulsive behaviors are repetitive sequences of behavior that are fairly consistent in their presentation. They do not appear to serve any obvious purpose, although some argue that they function to reduce a dog’s stress level. Some compulsive behaviors appear to be triggered by anxiety or stress. Compulsive behaviors may be time consuming, may result in physical injury to the dog, may significantly impair the dog’s ability to function normally, and may impair the dog’s relationship with his owner. Learn more about Compulsive Behavior in Dogs.

Medical Causes of a Dog Constantly Licking His Nose

Health problems can lead to a dog constantly licking their noses and may vary from minor issues to very serious problems. Nose licking is most concerning when the nose licking is new, excessive, or when it is associated with nasal discharge or blood.

Possible causes of nose licking include:

  • Trauma. Any trauma that results in a cut, puncture, abrasion, or injury to the nose area can feel funny and can cause a dog to scratch, rub or lick his nose. Skin trauma such as cuts and punctures can become infected, which can itch and cause a dog to lick their nose and rub their face. It is also possible to notice a scab, puncture, abrasion, discharge and/or a foul odor from an infected wound.
  • Bites or stings. Any type of bite to the face or around the nose can cause dog nose licking. Bites may include insect bites from spiders, horse flies, mosquitos, and/or a bee or wasp sting. Snakebites can also occur around the face and mouth and cause pain, swelling, discharge, and/or nose licking.
  • Foreign body. Dogs with something caught in their nose will often lick their noses, rub their noses, sneeze, and/or have nasal discharge that may include blood. For example, a plant awn or grass blade can get inside the nose and cause these symptoms.
    Dental disease. Signs of dental disease in dogs may include not eating, a foul odor to the mouth (halitosis), inflamed red gums, tartar, and sometimes drooling, lip licking and/or nose licking. As dental disease advances, plaque turns to tartar and bacteria can create gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and tooth loss. As dental disease progresses, in very severe cases, teeth can abscess up through the skin into the cheek and sometimes can extend into the nasal cavity.
  • Nasal infections. Dogs can develop bacterial or fungal infections of the nose that can lead to nasal discharge. A natural response to dealing with a runny nose for dogs is to lick their noses. Some dogs will also sneeze and will sound congested when they breathe. Sinus infections can also cause nasal discharge and nose licking.
  • Nasal tumors. Cancer can occur anywhere in a dog’s body including the nose. Signs of a nasal tumor most often is sneezing and/or nasal discharge. Sometimes the discharge is bloody as the tumor progresses.
  • Seizures. Canine seizures can result in different types of behaviors or movements. Some dogs that have seizures will lie on their sides paddling their legs as with full grand-mal seizures. Other dogs with partial seizures can result in more subtle signs of a seizure such as lip licking or nose licking.
  • Nasal discharge. Dogs can have a nasal discharge from in infection but it can also be due to a bloody nose. The medical term for a bloody nose is epistaxis. This can be caused by ingestion of rat poison, foreign bodies, nasal tumors, and infections. Learn more about sneezing and nasal discharge in dogs.
  • Nausea. A very common sign of nausea in dogs is lip licking and some dogs will also lick their noses. Dogs with nausea will often hypersalivate, drool, lick their lips and these behaviors are sometimes followed by swallowing. This commonly occurs just prior to the act of vomiting. Some dogs may also eat grass when they are nauseated. Learn more about nausea in dogs and vomiting in dogs.

What to Do if You See Dog Constantly Licking Nose

The first thing to do if your dog is constantly licking his or her nose is to look at the nose and around the nose. It is important to determine if the dog nose licking is due to a medical problem. Is there a nosebleed? Is there sneezing? Is there nasal discharge? Is there anything caught in the hair around the nose? Is there an injury such as a puncture?

My Dog Keeps Licking The Air — What Does That Mean?

Have you ever wondered why your dog keeps licking air? There are numerous reasons why dogs may lick the air and some can have serious health consequences. This article contains information for dog owners looking into why their dog keeps licking air.

Some dogs are bigger lickers than others. Some dogs will lick their owner’s hands, lick faces, floors, their lips, and lap up every last morsel in their dishes while other dogs don’t lick as much. Some dogs will also lick the air.

Causes of Dog Keeps Licking Air

Below are some possible causes for dogs licking the air:

Behavioral Causes of a Dog Who Keeps Licking Air

  • Normal behavior
    • Dogs may lick the air when you scratch them in a place they generally can’t reach. This may mimic the sensation they get when licking or scratching themselves.
    • Flehmen response. This response can appear like a dog that is licking air. The typical flehmen response consists of the dog pushing up and curling back the upper lip and wrinkling their nose to expose the vomeronasal organ (also known as the Jacobson’s organ). This allows them to take in the full smell. Dogs most often do this response when they smell different odors such as urine, blood or feces.
    • Some dogs lick just because they like to. Some dogs will lick floors, faces, hands, legs and even the air. The sensation of licking may give some dogs comfort in some way.
  • Behavioral reasons
    • Some dogs will lick the air when they are confused or anxious. For example, some dogs with storm phobias may lick the air when they are nervous.
    • Some dogs will lick the air due to a behavioral problem such as a compulsive disorder. Compulsive behaviors are repetitive sequences of behavior that are fairly consistent in their presentation. They do not appear to serve any obvious purpose, although some argue that they function to reduce a dog’s stress level. Learn more about Compulsive Behavior in Dogs.

Medical Causes of a Dog Who Keeps Licking Air

Various health problems can cause a dog to constantly lick the air and can vary from minor issues to very serious issues. Air licking is most concerning when the air licking is new, excessive, persistent, or is associated with other symptoms such as seizures.

  • Seizures. Canine seizures can result in different types of behaviors or movements from the seizure. Some dogs that have seizures will lie on their sides paddling their legs as with full grand-mal seizures. Other dogs with partial seizures can result in more subtle signs that appear as lip licking, nose licking or air licking. Some dogs will actually look like they are trying to catch a bug. This can be caused by a partial seizure.
  • Nausea. Dogs with nausea may drool, lick their lips, or they may lick the air. This may occur just prior to the act of vomiting. Some dogs may also eat grass when they are nauseated. Learn more about nausea in dogs and vomiting in dogs.
  • Pain. Some dogs may lick the air when they experience pain. Pain can originate from the gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach or intestines. Possible problems causing gastrointestinal pain include a gastrointestinal foreign body, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcers of the stomach or intestine, or other causes of pain. Other signs of gastrointestinal problems are decreased appetite, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Trauma. Any cut, puncture, abrasion or other trauma to the nose, face or mouth area can feel funny to your dog and can cause a dog to scratch, rub or lick his nose or lick at the air. Some dogs will also rub at their faces. It is also possible to notice a scab, puncture, abrasion or discharge and a foul odor if a wound becomes infected.
  • Foreign body. Some dogs with something stuck in their mouths may lick at the air or paw at the mouth. Common foreign bodies that occur in the mouth are bones and sticks.
  • Dental disease. A sign of dental disease in dogs can be not eating, a foul odor to the mouth (halitosis), and sometimes drooling, and licking the air, lips or their noses. As dental disease advances, plaque turns to tartar and bacteria can create gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and tooth loss. As dental disease progresses, in very severe cases, teeth can abscess causing pain and the desire to lick. Signs of dental disease in dogs may include red inflamed gum, severe tartar, and pain.
  • Bites and stings. Any type of bite to the face or around the nose can cause a dog to lick the air as they try to comfort themselves. Bites may include those from insects such as spiders, horse flies, mosquitos, and/or a bee or wasp sting.
  • Skin problems. Skin problems that cause a dog to itch can cause them to lick the air when they are scratching themselves or when you scratch your dog. Dogs with allergies may also have ear infections or lick their paws. Most dogs with skin infections will have red inflamed skin.

What to Do if You See Dog Licking the Air

The best approach to a dog that is licking the air is to have your dog examined by your veterinarian. Because this behavior may not be constant, if possible, obtain a video of your dog’s behavior. Log how often it happens and for how long.

My Dog Keeps Licking and Swallowing

Have you ever wondered why your dog may lick and swallow? There are numerous reasons and some can have serious health consequences. This article contains information for dog owners looking into why their dog keeps licking and swallowing.

Some dogs tend to lick their lips more than others and most pet owners worry when the licking becomes excessive or is a new behavior. Dog licking and swallowing can be a symptom of a medical problem, behavioral problem, or a normal behavioral communication tool.

Causes of Dog Licking and Swallowing

Below are some possible causes for lip licking and swallowing in dogs:

Behavioral Causes of Dog Licking and Swallowing

  • Behavioral reasons
    • Some dogs will lick their lips when they are confused or maybe even a little frustrated. As a behavior, some behaviorists refer to dog lip licking as an “appeasement gesture”. Dogs will use their body to communicate they are the stressed or frightened. An appeasement gesture is a behavior that acts as a calming signal. Other appeasement gestures are yawning. An example of when a dog may lick his lips would be when a dog approaches another dog. The approached dog may avoid direct eye contact and lick his lips. This communicates to the other dog as to say, “Hi – I don’t want to fight”.
    • Dogs can lick lips if they are frustrated. For example, if a dog is being trained that doesn’t understand what is expected of them, they may lick their lips.
  • Normal behavior
    • Some dogs will lick their lips when their lips feel dry, a bug hits their lip or face, or something is stuck near their lip such as a piece of food or a blade of grass. The lip licking can be followed by swallowing.
    • Another normal cause for lip licking is when a dog is about ready to eat or anticipates eating. A normal physiologic response in anticipation of food is for the salivary glands to flow. This commonly causes lip licking followed by swallowing.

Medical causes of Dog Licking and Swallowing

The causes of dog licking and swallowing can be caused by various problems that vary from minor to serious. The most common problems involve issues related to nausea or oral pain.

  • Foreign body. A common cause of lip licking followed by swallowing is a foreign body. Some dogs can get something caught in their mouth, also known as a “foreign body”, that causes pain and discomfort, which commonly causes lip licking followed by swallowing. Dogs with a foreign body may also shake their heads and paw at their mouths. Common items that can be caught in the mouth can be a bone, rawhide, toy, or stick. Another cause can be a plant awn getting caught in the mouth such as a foxtail.
  • Dental disease. A sign of dental disease in dogs can be lip licking and swallowing. As dental disease advances, plaque turns to tartar. The build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line can gradually produce an environment for bacteria to grow that is destructive to the periodontal tissues (also known as periodontal disease). As dental disease progresses, dog owners may notice a foul odor from their dog’s mouth, significant accumulations of tartar, red inflamed gums, and in advanced cases they can see food and hair wrapped around infected teeth.
  • Nausea. One of the most common signs of lip licking followed by swallowing is nausea. Dogs with nausea will often hypersalivate which results in lip licking naturally followed by swallowing the saliva. Nausea commonly occurs just prior to the act of vomiting. Some dogs may drool and eat grass when they are nauseated. Learn more about nausea in dogs and vomiting in dogs.
  • Oral ulcers. Oral ulcerations can cause pain, lip licking, drooling and/or excessive swallowing. Ulcers can develop from oral infections, dental disease, systemic infections such as kidney disease or from ingestion of caustic substances. Caustic products that may cause oral ulcers include ingestion or oral exposure to laundry or dishwasher detergent pod toxicity or liquid potpourri.
  • Unpleasant tastes. Dogs that lick something different or unpleasant can develop a funny taste in their mouth and lick their lips. Common causes can be from licking or eating a different food, cleaning chemicals such as Windex® or Dawn®, or by licking poisonous toads such as the Marine or Cane toad and Sonoran Desert toad. Signs of toad venom toxicity include drooling, lip licking, and foaming at the mouth. Signs can progress quickly. Learn more about Toad venom toxicity.
  • Bites. Any type of bite to the face or around the lips can cause dog lip licking followed by swallowing. Bites can be from insects such as spiders, horse flies, mosquitos, and/or a bee or wasp stings. Snakebites can also occur around the face and mouth and cause pain, swelling, discharge, and/or lip licking.

What to Do if You See Dog Licking and Swallowing

The first thing to do if your dog is licking his or her lips and swallowing is to look at this relative to the behavior and determine if there is an underlying medical problem. Two important points include:

  • Evaluate your dog’s behavior. Is your dog nervous? Anxious? Fearful? Try to determine if the lip licking and swallowing is a message of anxiety. If your dog is cornered, in a situation that you believe may make him or her or uncomfortable, then give your dog some space. If a child or other person is making your dog nervous, remove them from close proximity to the dog. You can displace this behavior by offering your dog a toy, playing a game or going for a walk as an option. However, it is recommend that you avoid giving a dog with this behavior special attention if this is a behavioral message so as not to reinforce his anxiety or fear.
  • It is important to determine if the dog lip licking and swallowing is due to a medical problem. The best approach is to have your dog examined by your veterinarian. They will likely want to examine the skin around the face, lips, gums, teeth, and do a complete oral examination. They will look for any foreign body in the mouth, dental disease, and an oral ulceration. They will also want a detailed history of your dog’s eating patterns, food change, exposure to trash or toxins, overall appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and weight loss.

SPECIAL NOTE: If your dog is trying to vomit unsuccessfully – this could be a medical emergency called “bloat.” Please see your veterinarian immediately.

My Dog Keeps Licking His Lips — What’s Happening?

Have you ever wondered why your dog may lick his lips and then keep licking his lips? This article contains information for dog owners looking into why their dog is constantly licking their lips to the point it may seem to be excessive.

In general, some dogs tend to be bigger “lickers” than others. Some dogs lick their lips as well as their owner’s faces, hands, floors, doors and more. Some dogs will lick their bowls for seconds even after they are empty while other dogs walk away and don’t lick at all. There are dogs that also will even lick the air. On the other hand, some dogs rarely lick.

Licking and lip licking can be normal in some circumstances. Dogs will do it when they are bored, nervous, anxious, have something on their face or lips, or even when they have a dental problem or oral pain. The problem is when the lip licking becomes excessive or is caused by a medical problem.

What is Licking and Why Do Dogs Lick?

Let’s look at licking in general. Why do dogs lick?

  • Licking is a natural part of life starting with puppies being licked by their mothers when they are born. The licking stimulates breathing immediately after birth, removes fluids and blood, and creates a bond.
  • Licking is a normal part of grooming. The tongues of dogs are rough and licking helps to remove dirt and germs from their skin, fur and feet. It also helps dogs clean themselves after urinating and defecating in some cases. Minimizing odors is a natural protective instinct.
  • Licking can be a natural way to comfort oneself. For example, if we hurt our wrist, we may rub it. Dogs may lick at a wound or a sore area in an attempt to comfort that area. Physiologically, it may also increase circulation and aid wound healing if the licking is not excessive.
  • Licking can also be a way of getting attention. If a dog is licking your face for example, pet owners will often react. Depending on your response, you may be giving your dog positive reinforcement that encourages continued licking.
  • Other dogs lick…just because they like to. Some dogs enjoy the sensation of licking and find comfort in the sensation.

When is Licking a Problem?

Dogs that just like to lick and are not hurting anything may not be a problem. Some pet owners don’t mind. However, licking is a problem when it is excessive and causes harm or appears to be uncontrollable such as from a seizure disorder.

Below are some problems that can develop from or be from excessive licking.

Wound Problems

Wounds can cause dogs to lick. A wound can be infected and itch or a dog may instinctively want to keep the wound clean. A little is okay, but excessive licking can prevent wounds from healing. If a wound is treated with sutures, some dogs will lick out the sutures. Wounds around the face and mouth can cause excessive lip licking.

Lick Granuloma From Excessive Licking

Some dogs can create a wound by licking the same spot over and over. They can often create a lesion referred to as a lick granuloma or “acral lick dermatitis”. This compulsive repetitive behavior might be done out of boredom or anxiety. For some dogs, licking can comfort them in a similar way that sucking one’s thumb can comfort a child. The most common area for a lick granuloma to occur is on the front legs. Some dogs will lay and lick the same spot on their legs for hours.

Uncontrollable Lip Licking

Some dogs can suffer from a seizure disorder that appears as chomping at the mouth, biting at the air or even excessive and uncontrollable lip licking. This is most often a “focal seizure”. Learn more about Seizures in Dogs.

Oral Problems

Dogs that are nauseated or dehydrated can excessively lick their lips. Medical problems of dental disease, oral infections, suffering from trauma in or around the mouth, or having something stuck in their mouth (such as a stick or bone) can also have excessive lip licking. Dogs that lick the floor that has cleaning chemicals or soap can have a funny taste that can cause dogs to lick their lips.

How to Stop Your Dog From Lip Licking

The most important thing to do if your dog is excessively licking and it is a new behavior is to determine the underlying cause.

If your dog is licking excessively at a paw or wound, you can help to stop your dog from licking by using an e-collar. It is also important to understand why a pet is licking at the paw. Is there a wound? Is it infected? Does it hurt? Or is it a compulsive behavioral issue? But when a dog is licking its lips, an e-collar won’t work.

Is Your Dog Licking His Lips? This Could Be Why

Have you ever wondered why your dog may lick his lips? There are numerous reasons for dog licking lips and some may have serious health consequences. This article contains information for dog owners looking into why their dogs may be licking their lips.

Causes of Dog Licking Lips

Some pet owners believe their dogs may lick their lips because they may be dry or sunburned because those are reasons people may lick their lips. This may be true however, there are different and more common reasons for dogs to lick their lips.

In general, some dogs tend to lick their lips more than others. The biggest concern is when the lip licking becomes excessive or is a new behavior. Lip licking in dogs can be a symptom of a health problem or a communication tool. Below are some possible causes for lip licking in dogs:

Behavioral Causes of Dog Licking Lips

  • Normal behavior. Some dogs will licks their lips when their lips feel dry, a bug hits their lip or face, or something is stuck near their lip such as a piece of food or a blade of grass. Another normal cause for lip licking is when a dog is about ready to eat or anticipates eating. A normal physiologic response is for their salivary glands to get flowing and they often lick their lips as they anticipate their snack.
  • Anxiety. Some dogs will lick their lips when they are confused or maybe even a little frustrated. For example, if a dog is being trained, he or she may lick their lips when they are baffled about their training and unsure about what is expected of them. Some behaviorists refer to dog lip licking as an “appeasement gesture”. An appeasement gesture is a behavior that acts as a calming signal. Dogs will use their body to communicate that they are the stressed or frightened. Other appeasement gestures are yawning. A classic use of lip licking will be when a dog is approached by another dog. A dog may then avoid direct eye contact and lick his lips. This communicates to the other dog to say, “Hi – I don’t want to fight”.

Medical Causes of Dog Licking Lips

Various health problems can cause lip licking. Some problems can be minor issues and others are more serious. Causes may include:

  • Unpleasant tastes. Dogs that lick something different or unpleasant can develop a funny taste in their mouth and lick their lips. Common causes can be from licking or eating a different food or from licking a cleaning chemical such as Windex®, various soaps, or other cleaners. Some cleaners can not only be unpleasant but can also be caustic resulting in oral ulcerations. Poisonous toads such as the Marine or Cane toad and Sonoran Desert toad can be toxic. Symptoms of toad venom toxicity include drooling, lip licking, and foaming at the mouth. Signs can progress quickly. Learn more about canine toad toxicity.
  • Dehydration. Some dogs that are sick and not eating or drinking or are suffering from fluid losses from vomiting and/or diarrhea can become dehydrated. This can cause a dog to lick their lips.
  • Trauma. Any cut, puncture, abrasion or other trauma to the lip area can feel funny and can cause lip licking. Some wounds can become infected which itch, causing dogs to rub or scratch their faces and/or lick their lips. It is also possible to notice a discharge or a foul odor from infected wounds.
  • Bites. Any type of bite to the face or around the lips can cause dog lip licking. This includes insect bites from spiders, horse flies, mosquitos, and/or a bee or wasp sting. Snakebites can also occur around the face and mouth and cause pain, swelling, discharge, and/or lip licking.
  • Foreign body. Dogs with something caught in their mouth, also known as a “foreign body”, can have excessive lip licking. Items commonly caught in the mouth are bones, rawhides, toys, and sticks. Plants, such as foxtails, can also become lodged in the mouth and cause lip licking.
  • Dental disease. A sign of dental disease in dogs can be lip licking. As dental disease advances, plaque turns to tartar and bacteria can create gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and tooth loss. As dental disease progresses, most dog owners notice a foul odor from their dog’s mouth and can see red inflamed gums.
  • Nausea. A very common sign of nausea in dogs is lip licking. Dogs with nausea will often hypersalivate which results in lip licking. This commonly occurs just prior to the act of vomiting. Some dogs may also eat grass when they are nauseated. Learn more about nausea in dogs and vomiting in dogs.
  • Oral ulcers. Oral ulcerations can develop from oral infections, dental disease, systemic infections such as kidney disease, and from ingestion of caustic substances. Examples of caustic products include laundry or dishwasher detergent pods or liquid potpourri. These both can seem appealing to pets based on texture or smell, and oral exposure can cause severe mouth and esophageal burns.
  • Seizures. Canine seizures can result in different types of behaviors or movements. Some dogs will lie on their sides with full grand-mal seizures while other dogs with partial seizures can result in more subtle signs of a seizure such as lip licking.

What to Do if You See Dog Licking Lips

The first thing to if your dog is licking his or her lips is to look at this relative to the behavior and determine if there is an underlying medical problem.

  1. The most important thing is to try to determine if the dog licking lip behavior is a message of anxiety. Some dogs can lick their lips when they are nervous, which can escalate to aggression. It is important to be safe and ensure those around you are safe. If your dog is cornered, in a situation that you believe may make him or her or uncomfortable, then give your dog some space. Back off. If a child or other person is making your dog nervous, remove them from close proximity to the dog. Some behaviorists recommend that you redirect the dog lip licking behavior by offering a toy. It is recommended that you avoid giving a dog with this behavior special attention so as not to reinforce his anxiety or fear.
  2. If your dog is lip licking during training, it is possible he is worried or confused by what you are training. Consider offering your dog a task that he clearly understands and when successful offer a reward. Consider other ways to communicate your training or stop for the day and begin again another day when your dog is refreshed.
  3. It is important to determine if the dog lip licking is due to a medical problem. The best approach is to have your dog examined by your veterinarian. They will likely want to examine the skin around the face, lips, gums, teeth and a complete oral examination. They will also want a detailed history of your dog eating patterns, overall appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and weight loss.

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The bulldog has a flat face, dark eyes and massive jaws that are undershot, giving it a comical grin. He has short, muscular legs. The skin of the bulldog is loose with heavy wrinkles and folds on the face. The neck is short and thick. The shoulders are large and muscular. The bulldog’s chest is deep and full.

If you’ve been wondering if the bulldog is the right dog for you, you’ll want to know about his personality. Here is everything you need to know about the bulldog temperament.

The bulldog is a gentle family companion and a good-natured dog who loves everyone – even children and other family pets. However, the bulldog may behave aggressively toward unknown dogs.

This breed is very human-oriented. The bulldog will actively seek out human attention.

This dog is a snuggler. The bulldog loves spending time with its humans and will gladly take all of the affection he can get. He has a laid-back attitude and is a great fit for families or seniors who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.

The bulldog is predictable and dependable. He is very sociable and has a sweet disposition. He loves to get attention. This clever and affectionate dog is also an endless source of entertainment. He is playful, lovable and loyal. Bulldogs are one of the most amiable dog breeds.

You don’t want to leave a bulldog alone for long periods of time as they will get bored or lonely, and that can lead to destructive behavior. So if you work a job with long hours, the bulldog may not be the right dog for you.

This breed is easy to care for and his exercise requirements are very manageable. This is a low endurance dog. A bulldog doesn’t need a yard or a lot of vigorous activity. He’s not a barker, which makes the bulldog a good breed for apartment or condo living. This courageous breed also makes a very good watchdog.

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The bulldog is not a picky eater but he may exhibit food aggression. Bulldogs love to eat and you should never mess with a bulldog while he is eating. Keep children away from your bulldog’s food bowls. Other animals should not be fed in the same area as a bulldog.

While the bulldog is very laid back, he can have a very headstrong nature. He may be a little stubborn and difficult to train. The bulldog can be a slow learner, but once he knows something he’s got it for good. The best way to train a bulldog is with food and positive reinforcement.

A bulldog is known to snore, snort and drool regularly. So if these traits bother you, a bulldog is not the dog for you.

To learn more about the bulldog, go to English Bulldogs – Choosing an English Bulldog.

Learn more about the types of bulldogs here.

Types of English Bulldogs

People often wonder about the types of English bulldogs. In actuality, there are no different types of English bulldogs. While other types of bulldogs, like the American bulldog, have different types, there is only one type of English bulldog.

But when it comes to personality and temperament, there are many types of English bulldogs. Some types of English bulldogs are social and people oriented. Others are dependable and predictable. And some types of English bulldogs are more of a watchdog.

The English bulldog, also known as the British bulldog, originated in the British Isles. It descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff. It is a medium size dog with a compact body. Typically, an English bulldog will stand about 16 inches tall and weigh somewhere between 50 to 55 pounds.

This type of bulldog is brawny. This little powerhouse has a large head and body. It has wide, muscular shoulders and short, sturdy limbs with great muscle definition. The stubby tail can be either straight or screwed.

The forehead of the English bulldog is full of wrinkles. (You should clean these wrinkles on a regular basis to avoid skin infections.) These dogs have a wide, short muzzle. The face of an English bulldog is very short with a flattened appearance. Another trademark characteristic of the English bulldog is that the lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw, giving it an underbite and a comical grin.

The English bulldog has a smooth coat that sheds moderately and needs little care. The coat color of an English bulldog can vary in colors ranging from brindle, piebald, white, red, fawn or fallow.

English bulldogs have a winning personality. They love their people and they get along with children splendidly. They are very kind and devoted to their family members, but they may act aggressively towards strangers. English bulldogs are eager to please with a gentle, sweet nature, which makes it a wonderful family pet. They love being with their humans.

Originally bred for bull baiting, this breed is courageous with excellent guarding skills. They can be aggressive to unknown dogs.

English bulldogs are energetic when they are young but they slow down as they get older. The physical traits that we so love in the English bulldog (overshot mouth, short nose and wrinkles) are the main reason this breed can have many health problems and a short lifespan of about eight to ten years. The English bulldog is a loud breather prone to breathing problems. He will snore loudly and he will probably have drooling tendencies.

The English bulldog is a good dog for apartment living since it is not a barker and he is not an active outdoor dog. Still, the English bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk.

English bulldogs are best suited to temperate climates. They can easily catch a chill in cold weather, and they may have trouble cooling off or they may have breathing problems in very hot weather.

The AKC recognizes the English bulldog simply as the “bulldog”.

To learn more about the English bulldog, go to English Bulldogs – Choosing an English Bulldog.

To learn more about Bulldogs, go to Types of Bulldogs.

Johnson American Bulldogs and Scott American Bulldogs: What’s the Difference?

While most people have heard of the English bulldog and the French bulldog, many may not know about the American bulldog. The American version of the bulldog has longer legs, and it is faster and agiler than the English bulldog. Muscular, sturdy and powerful, they were used as working dogs for many tasks including guarding and hunting.

The American bulldog is known for its loyalty and bravery. This dog has a happy, protective and energetic personality. This breed loves children and has strong protective instincts. When they are raised with cats and other dogs they will generally get along well, but they can be aggressive toward unknown cats and dogs. The American bulldog has a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years.

Over time, the American bulldog came very close to extinction. But in the mid-20th century two men decided to restore the American bulldog – John D. Johnson with his stud dog “Dick the Bruiser” and Allen Scott with his stud dog “Mac the Masher”.

Johnson American bulldogs are also known as classic American bulldogs. This type of American bulldog is the larger of the two types. Typically the Johnson American bulldog will stand about 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 90 and 120 pounds.

The Johnson American bulldog has heavier bones, wider chests and boxier heads. It more closely resembles the English bulldog. It has an undershot bite.

While the Scott line of bulldogs is usually pure white, the Johnson line of bulldogs is usually white in color with patches of red, brown or black. It has a wider and stockier body that most closely resembles a bull mastiff. A Johnson American bulldog can weigh 120 pounds or more.

The Johnson American bulldog has larger bones than the Scott American bulldog. His legs extend out to the sides of his body like his ancestor, the English bulldog. He has facial wrinkles and a signature underbite.

The Scott American bulldog is often called the standard American bulldog. It stands about 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder. The Scott American bulldog looks like an oversized white pit bull. The Scott American bulldog has longer legs that are positioned under the body, not out to the side like the Johnson American bulldog. This dog has a longer muzzle. The bite is either level or a slight underbite.

The Scott American bulldog is sleek and muscular, and it is smaller and more athletic than the Johnson American bulldog.

The characteristics of the Scott American bulldog include a narrower head and muzzle and a slightly undershot jaw with a reverse scissors bite.

The Scott American bulldog has a strong urge to chase prey and they can sometimes behave aggressively toward other dogs.

To learn more about the American bulldog, go to American Bulldog: Choosing an American Bulldog.

To learn more about the types of bulldog, go to Learn More About the Types of Bulldogs.

What Is the French Bulldog Temperament Like?

Compared to other bulldog breeds, the French bulldog (or “Frenchie”) is a bit smaller in size. The French bulldog stands just 12 inches tall and weighs just about 17 to 28 pounds. The Frenchie has a very solid build. This is a compact and tough little dog. It has a flat face (brachycephalic), those distinctive bat-shaped ears and a cute bow-legged gait.

This dog requires a moderate amount of grooming. The Frenchie’s short coat is easy to care for and it comes in a variety of colors including black, black and white, white and fawn. The French bulldog has facial wrinkles which need to be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid skin infections.

Here is everything you want to know about French bulldog temperament. The French bulldog will make you laugh. Unlike other types of bulldogs, the French bulldog has a comical personality that humans find very endearing. This pleasant, free-spirited dog is known for its stubbornness and its laid-back personality.

Frenchies are very even tempered dogs. They love almost everyone they meet and they are great lap dogs. They are very attentive and will follow you around from room to room.

French bulldogs have a very sweet nature and are protective of their loved ones. Frenchies demand attention – they don’t want to be ignored. If a French bulldog is living with a family, he will compete with other family members for attention. They are very affectionate and loving dogs. They are also very sociable dogs, so they get along well with strangers and other pets.

Find out why we love the French bulldog so much. Go to Breed of the Month: Why We Love the French Bulldog. 

French bulldogs are generally quiet – unlike many small dogs, they do not frequently bark. They will only bark when they are excited. Frenchies don’t need a lot of exercise, although they do enjoy a daily walk. They can be very active and playful indoors but they do not need a yard to play in, making them the perfect pet for apartment or condo living. A daily walk is good exercise for a French bulldog.

The French bulldog is not a breed to be owned and ignored. This breed needs leadership. If it senses that its owner is meek or passive toward it, it will become very stubborn and even snappish. Don’t wait – start training your French bulldog the day you bring him home. If you wait until he is six months old to train him you will find that you are dealing with a headstrong dog.

The Frenchie has a flat face and tends to snort and snore.

This dog does best in a family where someone will be home with him for most of the day. So if you work long hours, this is not the dog for you.

To learn more about the French Bulldog, go to Choosing a French Bulldog.

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