Why Golden Retrievers Have a Bump on Their Head

While you’re petting your Golden Retriever on the noggin, you might feel something worrisome: a bump on their head! You may wonder if it’s some kind of defect or symptom of a disease, but thankfully, it’s nothing so sinister.  There’s a perfectly normal reason why Golden Retrievers have bumps on their heads.

Why Golden Retrievers Have a Bump on Their Head

1 Dog Head Shapes & Sizes 2 Why Does My Golden Retriever Have a Bump on Their Head? 3 Golden Retrievers and Abnormal Skin Growths

Dog Head Shapes & Sizes

Dogs’ heads come in many different shapes and sizes.  From wolf-like Huskies to strangely formed Pugs, both evolution and human breeding programs have further changed their appearances, including head size and shape.

Why Does My Golden Retriever Have a Bump on Their Head?

It’s understandably worrying to see a lump or bump on your Golden Retriever’s head. After all, lumps can be a sign of cancer in dogs, humans, and other animals.  Thankfully, all dogs have one bump on their head that’s a result of evolution.

The bump towards the back of a Golden Retriever’s skull is called an occiput, and is often referred to as a wisdom bump, knowledge bump, or knowledge knot. These bumps are so well-known that the iconic Pluto from Disney features this bump in his appearances.

Golden Retrievers and Abnormal Skin Growths

There are many types of growths and bumps to be on the lookout for as your Golden Retriever grows and ages. Some are benign, meaning harmless, and some are malignant, which means cancerous.

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Final Thoughts

While it’s perfectly normal for your Golden Retriever to have that bump called an occiput on their skull, there are many other types of abnormal bumps and growths to watch out for.  If caught early, even malignant growths may be safely removed, and your Golden Retriever will live a long, healthy and happy life.