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I think my puppy has an over bite. Olly is 18 weeks old and i have just noticed it, he is booked into the vets for confirmation. How will this affect him growing up or will it have no affect? He eats ok and is great in himself. Thank you x
 

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I don`t think it should affect him, especially as he`s able to eat and drink ok, it probably would be a no no if you were going to show him (not sure on this the show people will be able to tell you), hopefully the vet will put your mind at ease :)
 

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Hi Nades

Lexi has an undershot jaw (bottom jaw is longer than top) and she is also missing pre-molars both up and down (at least i think they are pre-molars).

The vet advised that it shouldn't give her any problems at all and I can vouch for the fact that she happily chews rawhide sticks and the odd bone and can demolish a huge cooking apple in seconds without any problems at all.

I have found her teeth collect more tartar than my other dogs used to but not sure if this is related. I do clean her teeth on a regular basis.

Hopefully Olly won't have any problems either but let us know what the vet says.

Hope this helps, the only other point is that if you were interested in showing this would have a problem but there are far more experienced show LF'ers who can let you know about that if needs be.

Caro.
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P.S - to look at Lexi she does appear to have a short muzzle but it kinda gives her a nice square face, IMO xxxx :D :D
 
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Mojo is the opposite to Lexi, in that her top jaw is longer than her bottom one.

This was more evident at your pup's age, however the bottom jaw tends to "catch up", as it's one of the last things to stop growing.

Being Overshot and also having several premolars missing, has never given Mojo a moments problem. I was just told to keep an eye on her canine teeth as her adult set grew in, in case one grew into her gum or roof of mouth, but they never did. Her teeth are a bit wonky and gappy, but other than that they all work perfectly well :D .
 

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Bailey has an overshot jaw - upper jaw longer than lower.
Sadly his lower canines grew into his upper jaw & my vet advised that he would be uncomfortable & that it could cause problems with food or dirt collecting in the holes they were making :(

He had an operation to cut down & cap the 2 offending lower canines & now has no issues at all.
My vet refered him to a specialist canine dentist & petplan picked up the bill :)

That was 6 months ago when he was approaching 12 months. He will go back soon to re Xray & check all ok, & if it is I'll only need to take him back if I feel there is a problem (which vet says there shouldn't be)

If you want any more info, let me know.
 

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Bailey has an overshot jaw - upper jaw longer than lower.
Sadly his lower canines grew into his upper jaw & my vet advised that he would be uncomfortable & that it could cause problems with food or dirt collecting in the holes they were making :(

He had an operation to cut down & cap the 2 offending lower canines & now has no issues at all.
My vet refered him to a specialist canine dentist & petplan picked up the bill :)

That was 6 months ago when he was approaching 12 months. He will go back soon to re Xray & check all ok, & if it is I'll only need to take him back if I feel there is a problem (which vet says there shouldn't be)

If you want any more info, let me know.
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Bailey has an overshot jaw - upper jaw longer than lower.
Sadly his lower canines grew into his upper jaw & my vet advised that he would be uncomfortable & that it could cause problems with food or dirt collecting in the holes they were making :(

He had an operation to cut down & cap the 2 offending lower canines & now has no issues at all.
My vet refered him to a specialist canine dentist & petplan picked up the bill :)

That was 6 months ago when he was approaching 12 months. He will go back soon to re Xray & check all ok, & if it is I'll only need to take him back if I feel there is a problem (which vet says there shouldn't be)

If you want any more info, let me know.
Hi

I hope you don’t mind me jumping on this but I’ve been reading through here for advice on a similar issue.

Ours has a slightly lower jaw than the top so at the moment his adult k9’s aren’t in the correct position and could potentially hit the roof of his mouth.

he’s nearly 6 months and I’m not sure what to do.

thd vets have suggested he see a specialist dentist but I’ve also read on here that it could correct itself as the bottom jaw catches up.

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The problem stems from how a puppy's head develops. You no doubt remember how as a baby he had quite a short nose, and as he grew his nose developed, grew longer. (This is the reason why a dog has less puppy teeth, 28, than when the adult teeth grow, 42. This is how things happen. But the upper and lower jaws do not develop in quite the same way. The correct bite for most breeds of dog, including Labradors, is what is known as a scissor bite. In other words the lower incisors slide up, but touching the upper incisors, rather then meeting tooth to tooth which is known as a level bite, which is incorrect for a Labrador. But when looking at babies, the teeth dont start that way! Normally the bottom jaw starts off shorter than the upper jaw, so there is a gap between the lower and upper teeth. But as the puppy grows the lower jaw grows slightly more than the upper jaw, so the gap between the lower incisors and upper incisors gradually closes up until the correct scissor bite is achieved.

Occasionally the top or lower jaw does not grow as much as it should and the teeth in that jaw are overcrowded, and that is what appears to have happened in the case of your pup. Sadly some breeds, such as Bulldogs are bred that way on purpose. Pugs for example have terrible dentition! I regularly checked dog's bite at my old dog training club as training for the show ring. But getting back to your pup, really, everything I've said in earlier posts on this thread applies equally to you.
 
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