The muzzle body shall be fabricated of cloth and reinforced with straps and edging tape. the circumference of the muzzle shall be adjustable. the upper portion of the muzzle shall not extend farther rearward than the dog's cheekbones (i.e. the junction of the maxilla and zygomatic bones of the skull); the upper portion of the muzzle shall not extend farther forward than the dog's nose; the lower portion of the muzzle shall not press against the dog's throat; and the muzzle shall not interfere with the dog's vision. the muzzle body shall be provided with attachment straps. there shall be at least two straps, one attached to each side of the muzzle. the two primary straps shall extend below the dog's cheekbones to hold the muzzle in place by fastening together behind the dog's head. the fastener shall be a buckle incorporating a quick-release mechanism that is resistant to accidental opening and a means to adjust the length of the straps for proper fit.
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The muzzle shall be designed and constructed to fit around the dog's snout to provide the handler a means to prevent the dog from biting without restricting the dog's breathing or its ability to pant, drink, or vomit. it is intended as a safety measure for handling the dog in stressful situations, particularly while administering first aid to the dog. the circumference of the muzzle body shall be adjustable to sizes from 8.5 to 12 inches at the rear, and 7 to 10 inches diameter front. muzzle bodies adjustable to larger and/or smaller sizes in addition to the ranges specified are acceptable. the length of the muzzle body shall be not more than 3 inches from stop to nose. the combined length of the buckled attachment straps shall be adjustable from 12 to 18 inches. straps adjustable to larger and/or smaller sizes in addition to the specified range are acceptable.
National Stock Number (NSN): 3770-01-616-1734