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    I have a 4yr old labradoodledor, he seems to be developing an underbite...
    Im sure he never had one before but now he seems to have one, his bottom lip sits out a bit?
    Anyone know if they can develop for other reasons or are they always just born with it?
    Thanks

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    I've never heard of a dog developing an underbite - have you had your vet check him?

    I did have a dog with an underbite that she was born with - never caused any problems, just had to make sure we cleaned them regularly

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    Sometimes the fact they grow make it more obvious.....They are usually born with-it...but many people do not notice it in puppies
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    Lots of dogs have under or over bites... Especially the deliberate cross breeds that are very cute as puppies or sometimes pure bred dogs where the owners don't care about improving the breed.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=c...w=1087&bih=658

    And certain breeds like bulldogs - it seems desirable as best I can tell.

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    They are born with it, but sometimes it isn't very easy to see until the head and muzzle have finished growing. I would have thought that 4 years old was very late for an under bite to become evident? Normally it is evident as soon as the head has reached full size - lab cross standard poodle I would have thought that would be 18 months at the latest?

    I suppose it is possible that his clip disguised it before? Has his groomer changed or something? If not and you really think that something looks different to 6 months ago, I would get a vet to check him out, just for peace of mind. There could be dental issues causing him to hold his mouth awry or something, although that is just a guess.

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    Im with rural pug, they are born with it. However, the jaw and teeth do grow, so it could be more obvious at 6 months.
    Im a rottie lover, and at 6 months, they have all had this sheeps head thing going on. That went by a yr to 18 months, when the full head shape developed.

    Bad breeding will out, even in the costalot4mongreldoodles.

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    Four years is not unusual in large breeds, for a bite to "pop" like this. Especially if it has been level, rather than a normal scissor bite. It's not uncommon for skeletons to still be changing at that age. A slight underbite, commonly referred to as a "reverse scissor" won't effect your dog's eating or anything. But the incisors may rub against each other and wear away as the dog ages. Again, it shouldn't be a major drama.

    Doga are not born with their bite, it changes and develops over time. They are affected by genetics, as well as environment and nutrition.

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    My blokes got a full on underbite but it dosnt cause any issue except the last pieces of kibble are nearly impossible to pick up and because of this i now feed him on the lawn so the bowl dosnt get pushed around while he tries his hardest to get those last little suckers.

    Looks kinda cool when he gets his bottom teeth sticking out beyond his floopy checks somtimes. Looks real 'junkyard dog'. Cracks me up.

    I've had a vet tell me it'll be a expensiuve fix down the track but after talking to other Bullmastiff owners i'm confident the vet is full of B.S.

    Dont let it faze ya too much.


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