New puppy has underbite

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Barked: Fri Jan 27, '12 5:34am PST 
I'm currently waiting for the delivery of my Pom puppy, born 11/20/11. I have named him Buttons. I'm so excited and a bit disappointed that transporter can't get him here until, maybe the second week of February. My breeder informed me yesterday that During Buttons vet visit last week, they discovered he has a very slight underbite. Anyone else have a Pom with an underbite? What can you tell me?
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.
Cocoa Loco

Fastest tongue- in the west
Barked: Sun Jan 29, '12 8:00pm PST 
I have an under bite, it has caused me no problems. My people and vet watched me closely, but I didn't have any retained baby teeth and I don't have any problems with my canines.


It's all about- the love
Barked: Sun Jan 29, '12 8:49pm PST 
Loki has a slight under bite and we haven't had any problems. It's also kinda cute since it makes him look like he smiles.big grin
All three of my poms retained puppy teeth that had to be removed.
Kip & Oogie

Goof Fox & Diva- Squirrel
Barked: Sun Jan 29, '12 9:23pm PST 
Some pups just end up that way! Even if the parents have scissor or level bites, their pups can still end up with over or underbites. It all just depends on how they luck out genetically shrug As long as the underbite is not severe, it shouldn't be an issue though.

Kip and Oogie are Pomeranian/Chihuahua mixes from the same litter, and though Oogie has a regular scissor bite (like both of her parents), Kip has a slight underbite. Like Loki, they both had retained puppy teeth that had to be removed- that's a pretty common occurrence with many toy breeds according to my vet, especially the tinier ones of the toy breeds.

With the retained puppy teeth if your pup does end up having them later on, it's a good idea to get them removed sooner rather than later- the longer they stay in the more likely they are to permanently alter the bite. I waited too long with my two HOPING that they would come out on their own, but had no luck with the "natural" route. They were a little over a year when I got their tooth extractions done- Oogie had like 7 retained teeth and Kip had 3. Kip's bottom canines are a little closer together than they should be and Oogie's front incisors between her canines are a little crooked because of that. They don't have any issues with eating or anything like that though, thankfully, so it really isn't a problem.

Anyhoo, went off on a tangent there!! Like I said, your pup should be fine as long as the underbite isn't severe. It could also get better or worse as the pup gets older- you should wait until after teething to see how the mouth situation is going to play out smile Either way I'm sure buttons will be an adorable pup and will grow into a beautiful adult!
happy dance

Im just a little- guy
Barked: Sun Jan 29, '12 9:44pm PST 
My dog has an underbite. His is barely noticeable. His lower lip sticks out. He also has a retained baby tooth. I did not know retained baby teeth were common. I thought he was deformed and had an extra fang. The first vet I took him to noticed it and told me what it was. The vet recommended removing it. I probably will never do it. My dog is old and it does not bother him. He has made it this far with a retained baby tooth.

I don't notice any issues with him.
Maxie CGC,- TDI

Social Butterfly
Barked: Mon Jan 30, '12 5:37am PST 
Maxie has a big underbite- was small as a puppy and then became real prominent as an adult. He lost all his baby teeth just fine.

One thing I notice is that the teeth that stick out are yellowing, while the rest of his teeth are pearly white. Maybe because they don't get the natural moisture and cleaning that the rest if the teeth get? Not sure... Whether this will be just cosmetic or cause him dental problems later in life remains to be seen. He's only 1 1/2 now.

Another thing- is he can never win a tug of war with Lily! He just doesn't seem to be able to get as good a grip on the other end of that toy. Hangs on for a bit- but she always get the best of it!

He has no problems eating at all. And like one of the other posters- I think it's very endearing...it's part of what makes him Maxie....and he is probably the sweetest dog I have ever owned.
Cookie Pela

Leaping Is My- Specialty!
Barked: Mon Jan 30, '12 11:25am PST 
Cookie, who we adopted at the age of two or three has an underbite. It doesn't seem to prevent her from doing anything she wants, and she is a great destructor of toys.

Also, we feed raw and she munches those meaty bones with the best of them! It is really only apparent to me when she looks up at me which causes her lower teeth to show. It's really kind of cute!

dog-sitter in- charge.
Barked: Mon Jan 30, '12 11:42am PST 
Lilith has a very slight underbite (her lower incisors sit just a smidge in front of her upper incisors - does not affect her canids). Because of that and other obvious faults apparent as a puppy, she was priced at 'pet quality'. smile

She does not have any other problems associated with her underbite.

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Barked: Mon Jan 30, '12 7:58pm PST 
I do not own a Pom but my australian shepherd had the same problem. At around 2 months the vet was a little concerned about how the teeth were looking. At 2 1/2 to 3 months he suggested that I take my Sadie to a specialist. Your vet could do it but some are very weary because they don't have the expertise as a specialist and they are afraid of damaging the adult teeth underneath. Also an irregular bite coule chip their tooth which would resukt in bacteria getting into the tooth. She went to a specialist and he recommended two options. There is such a thing as "dog braces" BUT the dogs will try to take it out and it is expensive. Pulling the tooth is the traditional option but either way there is no guarantee that the adult teeth will grow out straight. There is a possibility because your pup is growing. My Sadie is 4 1/2 months now and I'm crossing my fingers. But it looks like as he predicted ey will grow out the same. At that point the specialist will suggest pulling the upper or lower canines. The dogs can live a long and healthy life with just two canines if bites are an issue.. But some dogs are just fine with an irregular bite. You're vet and canine dental specialist will be able to give you the best advice.

On a side note, my Sadie had all four of her puppy canines removed and it cost around $890 in total. But my shih tzu with an underbite is just fine.
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