Looming or “half moon” eyes indicate a watchful, mistrusting dog that is suspicious of what is going on around him. I like to call it “half moon” eyes because you can see part of the white of the dog’s eye as it watches the thing or person that is making the dog uncomfortable. They can indicate either stress, uncertainty or just being observant in a calm, lazy way. Sometime people like to refer to them as “puppy eyes” and sometimes that is valid. When a dog is tired and doesn’t really feel like getting up to check out what’s going on, they can look without moving. But when the dog looks unsure, you better watch out! It is a silent warning that your dog is very uncomfortable and does not know what to do next, so it will either bite, or just run away. The trick is to feel the energy the dog is giving off and take a step back to look around at the situation as well.
Canine Body Language: Looming or “half moon” eyes
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