|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Sun Jan 29, '12 2:53pm PST |
|While underbites are usually a hereditary defect, normally there isn't any issue as long as it is slight. What it means is that the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth, not behind in a scissor bite or level in a level bite as called for in many breed standards.
Unfortunately, the lower jaw grows faster than the upper one, so it is possible it will get worse and there could be some issues with the teeth, especially the canines, getting trapped. What this means is that the upper canines which should be in front of the lower ones MAY get stuck behind the lower ones and end up causing an ulcer or sore on the pups mouth, as well as causing the lower teeth to be pushed forward even more so.
If you keep a good eye on them, many times they can be removed by your vet if this happens. Since they are puppy teeth, they are fairly easy to remove AND will still be replaced by an adult tooth, hopefully AFTER the bite has leveled out somewhat.
AS for it changing and getting normal...it CAN happen! Toto was sold to me at 10 months because a slight underbite (more like a level bite where the poodle standard calls for a scissors bite), was preventing him being a show dog for his breeder. When he was about 14 months old the underbite HAD corrected and I showed him quite successfully until he and I decided he didn't want to be a show dog. This IS very unusual, however. Normally what you see at 6 weeks will get worse, not better.
Most responsible breeders will give a discount in the purchase price since there are potentially extra expenses involved in getting the canine teeth removed if they become trapped.
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