More To Love- Dogs And Their Stretchy Extra SkinBy Iulia P
For quite a while now, a body positivity movement has been floating all over the internet, and you just have to admit it, all of us are here for it. All of us, including dogs, decided to join in on the trend (well, their owners did) and expose their perfect imperfection: their loose skin. While some of the doggos you will see were born with loose skin, some of them gained it after dropping some pounds. No matter how it happened to them, the effect it has on their humans is the same: a weird desire to stretch it and squish it. We humans can be a bit weird, we agree but seems like, dogs don’t dislike it either. Here are some of the most squishable and stretchable dog flaps you’ve seen today.
That moment when…
You know that moment when your parents force you to come out of your cave, a.k.a your room, to come and greet guests. We might have a new meme on the block, and the star of it is this Bloodhound dog pictured below.
We’ve all been there at least once. The forced smile on this poor pup’s face was the same exact smile we would give to guests we had never met before, yet we had to greet as if we knew them. And don’t make us start about that “I’ve known you ever since you were a baby” line the guests used to say to us…
The selfish one
The Great Dane doggo pictured below reminds us of that selfish sibling that hides so he won’t have to share the goodies he is eating with his siblings. And what does he do when he gets caught? Stuffs it all in his mouth, of course.
Some of us might have experienced it; some of us might have been that annoying sibling. Either way, in both cases, the face of the guilty one would look just like doggo’s stuffed jaws with the same exact “sorry, not sorry” look in their eyes.
When looking at the picture of this Sharpei pup, what comes to our minds is exactly what Agnes from Despicable Me said when she saw that fluffy unicorn: “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die.” And to be honest, we had the same reaction too.
But can you blame us? Just take a look at how fluffy and squishy this guy’s loose skin looks. We would definitely do the same thing his owner does to him in this picture, repeated check squishes.
Floppy jaw giant
There is this thing about Great Danes. They are indeed very imposing and scary-looking dogs, and this because of their size. Not many know that there is a gentle giant with a teddy bear heart and really floppy jaws behind this image.
So floppy one can actually fit their entire hand underneath them. We’re sure his owner had a good laugh while trying to take this picture. What we’re not sure of is if the gentle giant understood why his human was laughing.
Labradors can do it too
Labradors are amazing family dogs, period. They have an awesome personality, and they are good around children. They are just perfect in every way! But if you need another reason to love them, here it is: Labs have loose, stretchy, and very squishy skin too.
We were today years old when we learned that Labradors could actually have loose skin too, and this is mainly located around their necks. But if they get a bit chubby and lose weight, they might develop some stretchy skin on their bellies. How cute is that!
What are you doing, human?
This cute Dalmatian’s owner is most likely all of us after reading this article and seeing all the pictures of the pups and their loose, extra skin. We’re sure he saw a similar photos and decided to start gently tugging at his dog’s face to see if he had extra skin too.
Needless to say, the pup does not look impressed at all. Although he seems like he is used to it and that his owner is not doing something like this for the first time. We wonder what pets think about us humans and our crazy ways of annoying them.
Okay, if we did not manage to convince you that Labs are one of the best breeds of dogs before, here is another attempt. Some dogs look totally confused when their owner tries to stretch their skin just for fun, and then we have this guy.
Yes, this smiley guy pictured above looks beyond happy to let his human do his thing with his extra stretchy soft skin. We mean, that genuine smile from ear to ear says it all. Imagine how happy he would be if he knew that not only did he make his owner smile but the whole internet too.
Most aggressive breed
You wouldn’t tell. Reggie is a Pitbull, and despite the well-known stigma the Pitbulls have, he is one gentle and goofy dog. On top of this, his owner was also blessed to have some squishy, gray skin to pull and take pictures of.
Does he like it? To us, it looks like he enjoys it when his owner is messing around with his floppy muzzle and taking pictures doing it. While Reggie enjoys all the muzzle pulling and stretching, we love seeing it. He is one cute boy.
Ready to takeoff
If you’ve ever seen a Basset Hound running, we are sure that you, too, had the same feeling that at one point, they will take off. Those loose jowls of theirs are so big and floppy; they look just like wings.
They look like some crazy and very hard-to-control wings. And all we can say about it is that we are happy they can’t fly off with them. We can all imagine how odd that would be to see bassets flying around the neighborhood.
It was in that moment…
It was at that moment when Bob realized that this would be his life from that moment on. It’s evident that his owner just discovered how good of a feeling it is to stretch your Labrador’s chubby and stretchy jaws.
And she sure looks like she will not stop doing it any time soon. At least, judging by Bob’s face, he seems like he got used to the idea. He may not like it, but he just lets his owner enjoy it, and for this, we should give him props. Good boy, Bob!
Oh, French Bulldogs! Cute and playful piglets trapped in a dog’s body. Amazing personalities, big bat ears, and some really sloppy and gassy habits. Frenchies come with a bonus: heaps of loose skin, perfect for their human to stretch it and play with it.
These dogs are very aware of their loose skin and body rolls and love when their owners play with them. As cute as having a stretchy Frenchie may be, the loose skin and the rolls need proper care because they are prone to getting an infection.
According to the owner of this beauty, after a yearly check-up, the vet decided to put Goldie on a diet plan. The diet and implementing it was a total roller coaster of adventures, but it turned out Goldie did amazingly.
Consistency and daily exercise made Goldie, who did not care at all about her physique, lose the extra pounds just in time for summer. Her summer body might be popping now, but she did get some extra skin after dropping those pounds. But it doesn’t matter because ever since her owner made a habit out of squeezing it.
Labradors strike again
We are not even halfway into our article, and here we have another picture of a Retriever and its long and floppy muzzle. The big smile from ear to ear (literally!) does not surprise us, considering that dogs of this breed are total sweethearts.
They will let their humans get away with literally anything as long as it makes them happy. At this point, if we bump into another Labrador/ Retriever, we will just give this breed the title of “best dog ever.” Seriously, we have no choice!
We need your help!
We really need to know what breed this huge guy pictured below is, and how come the man behind it was not afraid to pull at his loose neck skin. It might just be a mask, we agree, but what if it’s not, and this big boy is exactly what he looks: a little bit ferocious?
We can not understand how all these other breeds we have seen until now look so cute and innocent when their owners stretch their loose skin. And then there is this guy who looks exactly the opposite of cute and innocent. But looks can be deceiving, as we all know, and maybe he is just a big cuddle buddy.
Dorothy the Boston Terrier
If you know any Boston Terriers, you know that they are really similar to French bulldogs. Their bobbly eyes, their bat-like ears, and the short noses are features that make them look like cousins. What makes them different is their bodies.
And the fact that Boston terriers do not have loose skin on their bodies but only on their beautiful squashed faces. Little sweet Dorothy makes no exception from it. And lucky for her owner, who enjoys stretching her “wrinkles,” she loves it and is a willing participant.
Wait a minute! What is a very tiny Chihuahua doing in this article about loose skin, wrinkles, and stretchiness? We are as confused as you are, but it turns out that some of them do have some extra skin here and there, just waiting to be smooshed.
Granted, it is not in excess and as stretchy as some of the other doggos we have seen so far but, judging by the pictures above, he passed the test. But before going on and on about this breed and the extra skin some may have, can we take a moment to look at this guy’s facial expressions? He seems to be really digging the attention!
We get it!
The more pictures we see of people gently pulling their dog’s loose muzzles, the more we want to go home to our dogs and do it too. We think it may get a bit annoying at some point for all these fur babies, but we totally understand the obsession.
This unusual activity of stretching your four-legged buddy’s muzzles and skin looks beyond relaxing. Let’s say it looks as relaxing as the squishy, sensory balls feel when you squeeze them. And trust us, that is the ultimate definition of RELAXING.
Another aggressive breed…
Here we have another dog of a supposedly aggressive breed (Napolitano Mastiff) that now we can not take seriously at all. The drool that is not only hanging at the corners of his mouth but is also spread all over his face makes us forget that these dogs can be mean if they want to.
Besides the drool that is spread all over, what makes the “bad boy” image of this guy fade away is that his jowls make him look like a caricature version of Count Dracula. It must be the skin “collar” around his neck that reminds us of the Count, but it could also be the serious look in his eyes; we don’t know…
One happy pup
If, up until this point, we saw dogs that love their owners enough to let them annoyingly pull and stretch their loose skin, here we have a dog that seems like she asks her owner to do that to her often.
You can tell by her smile that she loves getting her face stretched out a bit. We do not know if the owner enjoys doing it, but at this point, it doesn’t even matter. Whatever it takes to make this cutie pie happy, right?
Who knew that German Shorthair Pointers, too, can have loose skin? Well, it turns out that even if it is not visible when it is not being gently tugged at, some of them have some extra skin around their necks. But not too much…
But just enough for his human to stretch it and make his dog give the camera this beautiful, “good boy” smile. He may not have too much loose skin around his neck, but he clearly enjoys it when his human stretches it.
Okay, hooman, it’s enough!
If being fed up with something would have a face, this would definitely be it. Vacant, annoyed look in his eyes, a solemn facial expression, and relaxed mouth (well, in this case, muzzle), we can not help but feel bad for this guy.
The things a good loyal dog will do in order to make his owner happy. No wonder dogs have always carried the title of “man’s best friend.” These beings are ready to put up with a bit of irritation in their lives just to see their owners smile.
The eyes never lie
The first thing that we saw when we looked at the picture below were these poor pup’s puppy eyes. It’s crystal clear what he is trying to transmit to his owner, who, most likely, has been having a little too much fun by stretching his loose skin.
Therefore, someone needs to back down for a bit and find another fun activity to do when bored. We understand that the feeling of stretching and squeezing your four-legged buddy’s wrinkles and loose skin is one of the best, but this guy definitely needs a break from it.
And then there is this cool guy…
Some of the doggos we have seen up until now were definitely hating the idea of their human playing around with their loose skin and wrinkles. While some of them looked like they were crying for help, some looked like they loved it.
Some, including this cool guy in the picture above who looks like he is cool with his owner’s favorite pastime. And not only that, but we have a feeling that this easy-going guy would let his hooman do pretty much anything to him if it meant more playtime together.
This cute Labrador might have found the best way to profit from the “sacrifice” he makes for his human. All his human needs to do for this pup to let him stretch his floppy cheeks is to give him a stick to chew on.
This way, the pup will be busy chomping on the stick while his owner will be busy squeezing, stretching, and playing around with the extra skin his dog was blessed with. Now that is exactly what we call a win-win situation.
Looks like someone’s owner saw the pictures of other people playing around with their furbabies’ loose skin and decided to do the same. The only thing is that he may not have the proper “model” to allow him to do so adequately.
At least he tried, but it looks like his dog is not happy. The expression he has on his face is the same facial expression people have when they say, “I told you so.” Well, we don’t think his human got the hint.
40 Degrees Celsius
At this exact moment, the owner of this English Bulldog realized that his fur baby was melting. We don’t know precisely what the temperature was when the picture was taken, but it looks like this guy is struggling.
Struggling to stay in place, or better said, solid. With all those wrinkles and that loose skin, it looks like someone needs to take this guy, open the freezer, and put him in front of it. This might help to shape him back into his original form.
We have a situation!
We have a situation, and we really need your help! This guy’s coat is all rumpled, and he clearly needs a hand. And also a way to make this little guy grow into his coat, but then, on second thought, he wouldn’t be the adorable little Sharpei that he is.
We might not be able to solve the folds and rumple issue he has got going on, and we might be asking why someone would wear a coat that is way bigger than him? More precisely, ten times bigger. No matter the situation, there is just more of him to love.
Another melting dog
This little Pug’s wrinkles and folds make him look like he is melting. They don’t make them dogs the way that they used to, aye?! Nowadays, if the temperature goes up a bit, they instantly start to soften. Talk about good quality…
All jokes aside, Pugs are known for having issues with their folds which sometimes can get a yeast infection. That’s why a Pug owner should make a routine out of cleaning his pup’s wrinkles and folds. You know what they say: clean folds, happy pup.
That moment when…
That moment when your mom buys you a new outfit and she buys it two/three sizes bigger than your actual size so it will fit you in the upcoming years, too, this is exactly how many of us looked growing up.
We do not know about you and your mothers’ choice of clothes for you, but we have definitely been in this situation. And not only have we looked like this buddy pictured above, but we have felt like him too. “Annoyed” is written all over his face.
At this point, we have to admit it: we feel like these doggos should be weather anchors or, if not at least, weather detectors. Earlier, we saw how some of these doggos could tell us when it’s hot outside, and now it seems like they can tell us when it’s windy too.
Seriously now, at this point, we have to admit that these dogs with extra skin are excellent when it comes to predicting/ forecasting the weather. Way better and way more accurate than the weather app you are using on your phone. So there is another good reason to get yourself a dog with rolls.
When enough is enough
As much as we would want to laugh and make jokes about all the extra skin this guy has we just can not do it. We can not help but feel bad for him and we can no stop thinking about how hard his life is because of all that amount of extra skin that he has to drag around.
Unfortunately, the Napoletano Mastiff breed characteristics have changed dramatically over the years, and this is only because of humans. Crossing different breeds with a pure desire to obtain a better-looking dog has only made this breed more sensitive to different conditions and shorter life span.
After dropping some pounds
Most of these pups we have shown you so far look like they were really chubby, and after a good diet that lasted a fair amount of weeks, they dropped all that extra weight but were left with excess skin.
While the extra skin can be an inconvenience for most, some learn to accept it and love it. And it looks like the two doggos pictured above are living their best life with the extra skin that just jiggles all over the place when they run.
Too much skin
We were just talking about diets, and here is another successful weight loss story. The missy in the picture below (in case you are confused, we’re definitely talking about the dog!) was photographed at the vet during her periodical weight check-up.
According to her owner, after being neutered, her dog started gaining too many extra pounds. With the right food and some extra running, she got rid of the extra weight and got some extra skin instead. That extra skin is a reminder for her and her owner of the work they put in in order to get her back down to a healthy weight.
When we first saw this picture, we thought it was a brown, rumpled blanket. And can you blame us? If you, too, did not have your glasses on or did not see that big nose, you would think this was a blanket too.
It looks exactly like a fluffy blanket. No wonder the Shar-pei breed has been used to star in different laundry and steam irons commercials. Their rolls and rumpled-looking skin make them the ideal candidates for this kind of advertising.
That moment when…
You’re home alone, and you go into your mom’s closet and start trying on her clothes and putting on different outfits. Even if you thought you looked cool, well, you probably kind of looked exactly like this guy down here.
Well, at least you had fun and lucky for you nobody was there to snap a picture of you to show it to your friends when you get older. You are fortunate! We can not say the same about us, though! Those pictures in our mothers’ clothes are still haunting us to this day.
It’s a good day to bring some facts to you. In case you did not know, there are two types of English Mastiffs: the solemn and very serious mastiff (left) and the beyond bored and ready to nap kind (right).
Yeah, being serious is mandatory sometimes, but we hate being serious, as you might have already noticed. So our personal favorite mastiff is definitely the bored-looking one. This guy is all of us during one of those long, boring meetings at work.
Happy or too stretched
Okay, we are confused! We can not understand if the pup below is happy or if he only looks happy because his beloved owner is pulling his cheeks? We will go with the first option because we are optimistic like that.
Who would be this happy if someone would pull his cheeks like this? We would find this so annoying. Us, personally, we were definitely not happy when we were kids, and someone would pinch and slightly stretch our cheeks without asking permission first.
The Lab strikes again
The Labradors strike again, but this time it’s something we have not seen in the past pictures: loose, stretchy skin on the head. That’s a new one, but we are so here for it because look how funny this guy looks!
For a moment, we thought about Frankenstein. It’s a weird connection, we agree, but maybe we thought of him because that extra skin of this cute Lab looks just like a forehead, a very tall forehead. And who has a tall forehead besides Rihanna and Tyra Banks? Exactly!
This guy reminds us of something. Better said of someone. We all have that aunt that used to pinch our cheeks and slightly stretch them out just for the fun of it. Do you know what we’re talking about, or did you not have one of those relatives in your family?
Jokes aside, to us, this was beyond annoying. And not thinking about it, we will have to give these poor doggos some props for keeping up with their owners and allowing them to do the pulling and stretching and pinching. You, doggos, are the real MVPs.
Someone is confused
It looks like Mr. Pug, pictured below, is a bit confused with what his human is doing to him. If this poor pup could speak, he would most likely scream: “What are you doing to my cheeks, human?”. No doubt!
Oh well, unlucky for him, he was blessed with some squishy rolls and folds. Even unluckier for him, his owner discovered how good it feels to stretch them and play around with them. Looks like someone has to get used to the fact that this will be his life from now on.
“So fluffy I’m gonna die!” too
Okay, we have seen some fluffy skin up until now, but this one right here is definitely the fluffiest puffiest extra skin ever. Seriously! If squishy had an explanatory picture in the dictionary, this picture below would be it.
Meanwhile, the poor pup looks like he has been in this situation multiple times and is now used to the idea that his human will never get the hint. Yeah, it may be annoying for doggo, but with a floof like this, we can not blame the owner.
By the pose this “doguette” decided to do, we can only assume that her human promised her something. We have seen that bribing them in order for them to be ok with you playing with their jaws and cheeks really works wonders.
So we can only assume that the owner promised her either a tasty treat or, even better, a squeaky toy. The picture came out perfect; the owner’s need for stretching the loose skin was satisfied; it’s time for the pup to get her treat, don’t you think?
When you look at the first picture, you get the impression that this pupper is ok with his owner’s bad habit (let’s call it that anyway). He looks like he got used to the idea and that he may even have started to like it a bit.
But then you see the second picture and all you wanna do is go there and stop his owner from doing it. He clearly stopped having fun somewhere after the umpteenth time. We mean, look at those puppy eyes that he is giving his owner. That is definitely a hint for him to stop it!
The award goes to…
The ” I hate it so much human, let go of my cheeks right now!” award goes out to, to, to: this guy in the picture below. His facial expression is not only very expressive, but it is also beyond funny.
He is clearly done with all the attention his cheeks get, and we are more than sure that it was the first and the last time his owner played around with his loose skin like that. We mean, we hope, for the sake of his human, that it was the last time.