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Thread: Over, level or under bite ?

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    Default Over, level or under bite ?

    I saw a diffrent vet the other day due to a bit of a mix up. Anyway old mate reckons Mojo's jaw was "deformed" as he put it because he has a slight underbite.
    He reckons he may need some teeth removed or ground down when all his big teeth come through. I took this info on as been correct and i think i even mentioned it to some one who was lookin for a pup.
    I've always believed everything a vet tells me, just like i do with a doctor but after a bit of research methinks i've been given a bum stear.
    Apparently its the norm for 'smushy faced' dogs like Bullmastiffs, Bulldogs ,Boxers etc etc, to have a underbite rather than a level or overbite like other breeds do.
    A Bullmastiff owner even went on to say it helps to 'hold' rather than cut flesh which to me makes sense as thats what the breed was designed to do.
    I'm curious if other forum users here who have these type of breed dogs have can tell me if thier dogs have under, over or level bites and if they have had any dramas with thier dogs teeth as they grew up.
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    The boxer breed standard call for an underbite (bottom teeth overlapping upper teeth) and they don't have issues with grinding teeth. If some of the individual teeth are out of place then they may need to be fixed but just having un undershot bite shouldn't matter.

    All 3 of mine are scissor bite, besides having one dog break a tooth on a bone I've never had any problems.

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    Ruby has an underbite, it goes along with her breed and is in the breed standard!
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    Tah guys......thats what i thought would be the case. I dont think this bloke had a bloody clue about the jaws on these breeds as he then went on to tell me he actually owned 2 Boxers. Maybe its his dogs that are 'deformed'.

    My vet clinic has about 5 vets to choose from....think i'll be avoiding this guy from now on.


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    Abbie has quite an obvious underbite. There's about a 5mm gap. She sometimes has a little trouble grabbing food from the floor or your hand and sometimes her lips get caught under her canine tooth but apart from that, she is fine. The vet told me most dogs cope completely fine, just need to keep an eye out that the teeth don't dig into the gums and make sure they always have lots to chew.

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    Kaida has about a 1.5cm overbite, very noticable when shes upside down.. as you can see

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    She hasnt had a problem with it, makes her picking up flat treats off the floor slightly amusing though!

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    I've always believed everything a vet tells me, just like i do with a doctor
    You wouldn't if you grew up in a family where your dad, your grandfather and his father were all doctors. And all your mum's brothers and cousins were farmers.

    Ask lots of questions, get proper answers, write the questions down if you feel intimidated and don't leave until all the questions have satisfactory answers written next to them. Then ask someone else and see how their answers compare. Often if you ask two vets or doctors, you get two different opinions but if you ask 100 (not that you would) but then there will be a firm pattern of opinion that you could call the current consensus ie agreement on the best option with available resources and technology.

    The boxers I meet up with regularily have lower jaw sticking out slightly from top jaw. I guess you could check the breed standard and take that with you next time you go into the practice. Otherwise it could just be the vet using one term when he meant the other, like I sometimes say left when I mean right.

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    I have a shih tzu and as she is a 'snub nosed' dog she too has a huge underbite. It doesnt stop her from doing much. she has a tendency to be a garbage guts and scoffs her food so we worry that as she has a smaller space for food inside her mouth due to her teeth not aligning, so we just feed her smaller pieces of food to avoid choking. It's breed specific and i think that any good vet would know that it is not a 'deformity' at all.

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    I don't know where I heard this, but I always thought that an underbite is ok, but an overbite can cause problems.

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    The vet showed me a unknown breed dogs jaw model and it showed how the teeth sat perfectly without clashing teeth or rubbing gums with a slight overbite.
    I've looked into this a bit more the breed standard stated that a nearly level to slight overbite are acceptable. Most Bullmastiff owners i have spoken to now think its almost laughable to not have a B.M with some sort of underbite. I wont be using that vet again even if he does have teeth trouble down the track which i highly doubt he will.(touchwood).


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