Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

Wen Duan
Written by Wen Duan

Do dog's Have Belly Buttons?

Newborn Goldens with umbilical stump 

Yes, dogs do have belly buttons. 


Dogs are mammals. Mammals give birth to live young and they share the common process of developing inside their mother. While they are in the mother's womb, they get food and oxygen through an umbilical cord.


Just like human babies and mothers, one end of the umbilical cord is in the middle of the baby's stomach and the other cord is attached to the mother's placenta. Once the puppy is born and breathing independently, the umbilical cord is cut and tied off.


What does a dog's belly button look like? 

Their belly buttons do not look anything like ours. The dog's belly button is usually a flat scar, more like a small slit rather than a round hole. Their belly button is in the middle of the dog's abdomen, under the rib cage. For most dogs it will look like a small scar or oval wrinkle on the skin. In general, a dog's belly button is not as prominent as ours. 


Puppies belly buttons are not obvious for a few reasons.  
  1. The size of their umbilical cord is small. Sustaining a human baby requires a bigger umbilical cord, hence a bigger scar.
  2. A puppy's scar heals into a small slit rather than a round hole.​
  3. The area where your dog's belly button can be covered with fur, making detection more difficult.

Next time your dog is on their back, take a look. With some searching, you should be able to find its belly button.


Let us know if you have any other questions we can answer about your dog! 


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Wen Duan

Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our GoldenRetrieverLove.com blog.

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