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    Question Kaida's Overbite/teeth!

    Ok I'm kinda new, have been around for awhile but thought I'd introduce myself and my pup.
    I'm at at Uni/work full time and have a 4month old German Shorthaired Pointer called Kaida (it means little dragon) who has quite a severe overbite. I knew this before I bought her from the breeder (she was going to be used for breeding as she has unusal colouring) but loved her so bought her anyway.

    Her top jaw is now about 1cm infront of her bottom. Her bottom canines used to cause gauges (not open wounds) in her top palate but this has recently stopped. Yet now her adult teeth are coming through before her puppy ones have fallen out! I have never noticed this on my past dogs but dont know whether because it didnt happen or I just didnt see it (I'm slightly obsessed with looking at her mouth). Her upper adult canines are coming out infront of her puppy canines and her lower canines are coming out inbetween her bottom canines.

    I was just wondering if this was normal or if anyones had it happen to them,
    thanks!


    And some pics as I couldnt resist!!

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    She's very cute. I can't tell from the pix what her bite is like.

    I know I had problems with my own adult teeth not pushing my baby teeth out properly. Like shark mouth. But it did sort itself. And we spent a lot of money at the orthodontist when I was a teenager. Good job for a Sadist - orthodontics.

    For your dog, you might want to take her to a vet to get the teeth that shouldn't be there - removed. And ask about the overbite problem. I see a lot of little dogs at the park whose jaws and teeth are all over the place - and they seem to do ok, so I don't think it would be big deal unless the dog was getting a lot of mouth sores and infections. But best to check with a vet. Hopefully you're taking her to a vet for stuff like vaccinations and wormers and checkups so that would be a good time to ask.

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    Yep I've been to the vet several times and had her mouth checked every time. I even missioned back to the original breeders vet to check if he thought it had gotten better or worse since he'd seen her.
    The verdict... 'wait and see'
    I was just hoping a similar thing had happened to anyone else and around about how long they had to 'wait and see' for.
    I have attempted to take photos inside her mouth but its near impossible, she just loveeessssss the camera, in the same way she loves treats, sigh!

    I had braces so I know what you mean... Definately erased that period of time from my memory!

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    Some breeds or lines can do funny things with their mouths.

    The overbite is unlikely to correct itself that much, but if it isn't causing any problems (ie: the gouging still continues not to happen) then it won't hurt to just leave it.
    If it does cause discomfort for the dog then you will need to discuss outcomes with your vet.

    The baby teeth is indeed just a wait and see thing. If the baby teeth start to cause the adult teeth to become crowded and not leave enough room for them to emerge then they will need to be pulled.
    Some dogs can have entire double rows of teeth as they don't lose any of the baby ones. However usually that causes the adult teeth to come through wonky and uneven due to being pushed about in the soft gums by the babies.

    I have an 19 month old dog who never got his adult canines, he still has his baby ones, I just have to keep them clean and treat them well so he holds onto them for as long as possible.

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    When you take her in to be desexed, they can take the baby teeth out then. If left in, they can cause pain and or other problems. Usually they are harmless though and it is a very common problem. Playing and chewing on things will also help remove them naturally.
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    i just had my 6 week old puppies vet checked this morning and 2 males have overbites,one very severe...vet said that because of the severity in one pup it would need extensive dental surgery (big $$) and we wouldnt be able to breed him,its a defect in some bloodlines and skips a generation and its hereditary.....im turning myself inside out because we were planning on keeping this little guy,i couldnt handle to fact of him suffering or it will cost us a small fortune in dental doggy bills..the other pup may correct itself but still not sure if he will be able to breed either,i dont want to pass this defect on as the dog can suffer......i dont know where the defect came from as bella has had 2 litters prior with no problems but this litter has

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    This thread is over a year old, Bluebell

    Perhaps you might like to start your won.

    The defects can skip a generation or be brought out by the father in the pair. This is why you should do DNA tests for the common problems on both parent dogs before mating them. Ie make sure you don't get any double ups of bad genes. And if the boy dog and the girl dog both had normal bites but both had a parent with a dodgy bite - that might come out in the puppies.

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    I had a stray move in on us one winter back in uk. A maltese. The overbite was awesome. Never bothered him a bit.
    Once went missing, i got a call from cops "we have your dog here, its been in a accident and i think it has a broken jaw looking at him" nah, just the overbite!

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    Hi Bluebell I actually havnt used this forum in a while but saw your post and thought I'd reply.
    Kaida (my GSP) is now over 18months. Her overbite was still quite severe up to the 12month mark and then things started to change.
    Her overbite is still just as bad but her lower canines have seperated and moved forward meaning they fit in the gap allocated naturally for them in her upper jaw.
    It is no longer noticable when I lift her lip and is not noticable to the untrained eye at all.

    What breed are your dogs? It is more common in smaller breeds as Bernie has said. Which is why Kaida was a little bit unique. Generally it isnt a huge problem as they grow over. Any chance of some photos? (tricky to take I know). And Hyacinth both Kaida's parents where DNA tested it was just unfortunate that it happened to her. The rest of the litter and previous litters were all fine

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