How many bones does a dog have?

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Dogs have between 319 to 321 bones in their bodies. In comparison, humans have 206 bones in their bodies. The number of bones in a dog’s body really depends on the tail. Dogs with long tails will have a few more bones than dogs with short tails.

Unlike humans, dogs have disconnected shoulder bones with allow them to get a greater range of motion when running. They also do not have a collarbone for the same reason.

A dog’s skeleton can take between 3 months and 18 months to mature. The maturation period is dependent on size. For example, a toy breed’s skeleton will mature within a few months, while larger breeds can have a maturation period of 15 to 18 months. Some breeds, like the basset hound, have experienced skeletal dwarfism, which results in their shape and positioning of their bones.

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