Canine Anatomy: How Many Bones Does a Dog Have?

by Whitney Lowell
Dogs have about 319 bones in their skeletal system.

Dogs have about 319 bones in their skeletal system.

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Bones are made of essential nutrients and store vitamins and minerals for the body. The canine skeletal system provides stability, allows movement, protects the vital organs and provides various other functions. Your dog's anatomy is very complex, but every bone serves it's purpose.

Number of Bones in a Canine Skeletal System

In general, dogs have an average of 319 bones. The number of bones may vary depending on whether the tail is docked or bones have been removed for medical or artificial purposes. There is no difference in the size of the dog, so a Yorkie and a boxer both have the same number of bones, same goes with a Chihuahua and a Labrador.

Canine Skeletal Structure

The skeletal system of a dog has three main areas: appendicular, axial and visceral. The appendicular skeleton is made up of the legs and feet. The axial skeleton is the main support of the body, which includes the head, neck, spine, ribs and sternum. The visceral skeleton is made up of the small bony parts, like the organs in the inner ear.

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About the Author

Whitney Lowell has been writing online since 2007. She writes for a variety of online publications and researches a wide range of topics and niches. Lowell has experience with animal rescues, dog training, pet health, raising and breeding reptiles, as well as home businesses, inventory, accounting, and finance.

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