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    Hi guys,

    When I was asking about 'My Amstaff's Ears' some of you were saying about the process of the dog's head 'cracking'. I am wondering if you could elaborate on this for me & explain what 'cracking' means? Is this something just certain breeds do or all breeds? Is it painful? How do I know when it is happening? Does it happen over a long period?

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    I'd never heard of this either. I gather it's a Stafford thing? When they develop the dent down their skull that gives them that heart shaped face. Is there other breeds that do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healthy4Paws View Post
    Hi guys,

    When I was asking about 'My Amstaff's Ears' some of you were saying about the process of the dog's head 'cracking'. I am wondering if you could elaborate on this for me & explain what 'cracking' means? Is this something just certain breeds do or all breeds? Is it painful? How do I know when it is happening? Does it happen over a long period?

    Thanks.
    Hi Paws

    How do I explain this....this is what I have been told is happening.

    It is not the skull that cracks! The muscle on a Staffy's head is separated down the middle by cartilage and tendons. The tendons attach the muscle to the bone. The muscle on each side of the head is separate and distinct from the other. As it develops and increases in strength you will see a defining line develop down the middle. Sort of like the pectorial muscle in a mans chest when developed from weight training gets cleavage. There are several layers of muscle around the skull but under top layer are the muscles that fire the lower jaw. They extend from the top of the skull through a large opening on each side and attach to the lower jaw. Bull breeds tend to overly develop muscle in this area as they mature.

    This normally starts to happen around 6-7 months of age. Ruby's head hasn't "cracked" completely yet and she is 7 1/2 months old. It can take a fair while before the "cracking" is complete. Sumo's head has a distinct "cracking" line and he is just over 10 months old. The line will become more pronounced as his head muscles develop more.

    I hope that makes sense to you

    ETA: I don't know if it is painful...all I know is that Sumo was holding one of his ears down when it started to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Hi Paws

    How do I explain this....this is what I have been told is happening.

    It is not the skull that cracks! The muscle on a Staffy's head is separated down the middle by cartilage and tendons. The tendons attach the muscle to the bone. The muscle on each side of the head is separate and distict from the other. As it develops and increases in strength you will see a defining line develop down the middle. Sort of like the pectorial muscle in a mans chest when developed from weight training gets cleavage. There are several layers of muscle around the skull but under top layer are the muscles that fire the lower jaw. They extend from the top of the skull through a large opening on each side and attach to the lower jaw. Bull breeds tend to overly develop muscle in this area as they mature.

    This normally starts to happen around 6-7 months of age. Ruby's head hasn't "cracked" completely yet and she is 7 1/2 months old. It can take a fair while before the "cracking" is complete. Sumo's head has a distinct "cracking" line and he is just over 10 months old. The line will become more pronounced as his head muscles develop more.

    I hope that makes sense to you

    ETA: I don't know if it is painful...all I know is that Sumo was holding one of his ears down when it started to happen.
    That sounds about right.
    Cracking would be as painful as when children go through growth spurts.
    A more aching feeling.

    I'll just add, at this stage, the muscle all over their body is increasing and getting stronger - stronger -than the bone itself. We often get in young Bull breeds that have literally snapped their own bone with their muscle by quickly tensing.
    Falling off a chair, falling down the stairs. Silly things like that. They're such dorky little things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    That sounds about right.
    Cracking would be as painful as when children go through growth spurts.
    A more aching feeling.

    I'll just add, at this stage, the muscle all over their body is increasing and getting stronger - stronger -than the bone itself. We often get in young Bull breeds that have literally snapped their own bone with their muscle by quickly tensing.
    Falling off a chair, falling down the stairs. Silly things like that. They're such dorky little things.
    Yes...growing pains

    That might be why Sumo was holding his ear "down" because it was actually aching. It fixed itself when the distinct "crack" line had appeared.

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    An Orthopaedic surgeon told me it takes weeks to build muscle strength but years to build tendon strength. I think that's how Cathy Watt busted her Achillies. All the strength had been build in the muscle and the tendon had not kept up.

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    Thanks guys, I understand now

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