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Old 02-28-2010, 05:46 AM
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Didn't want to take over Tracilea's puppy post, but is this really a bad thing?? Butter has a litle bit of an underbite..her lil bottom black lip sticks out a tad, but she's never had any problems.

Actually to be honest, we (my family and I) love her underbite!

The only dog I've ever seen with a severe overbite was an acquaintance who had a badly bred Pomeranian and his top teeth were, I kid you not, inches away from his bottom teeth!
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No, I wouldn't say it's a bad thing. It's a fault just like any other fault. As long as the teeth don't show, it's not even noticeable. But it is something that shouldn't be passed down to other generations. (In a perfect world, of course).
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As long as they're healthy and it doesn't cause them problems then it's nothing to worry about. Like Tracy said it's just a fault that you wouldn't want passed on but otherwise it's no big issue. My adopted Sibe has a minor undershot bite and my adopted Chi has an overshot bite. Nothing wrong with either, they just would not make it in the show ring nor would they be good breeding candidates. But as my family pets, they are perfect!
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As long as they're healthy and it doesn't cause them problems then it's nothing to worry about. Like Tracy said it's just a fault that you wouldn't want passed on but otherwise it's no big issue. My adopted Sibe has a minor undershot bite and my adopted Chi has an overshot bite. Nothing wrong with either, they just would not make it in the show ring nor would they be good breeding candidates. But as my family pets, they are perfect!
Yes, just not for breeding. And, if your pet has seriously misaligned teeth,
it can cause health concerns... http://www.dentalvet.com/patients/or...thodontics.htm
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Cookie has a really bad overbite. His bottom part is half the size of his top part. So if you look under his mouth you can see the roof of his mouth. It's never bothered me, I think he looks even more cute and special.
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Its fine for a pet as long as it is effecting their health or eating but its a fault for a showing/breeding dog/girl. Ive seen many badly bred dogs with under/over shot jaws such as EBT (English Bull Terriers) etc
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Hmm, so I'm wondering which of her parents had one? If one at all! Maybe it was one of her grandparents.
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you will be surprised to know that there are some big champion chi's out there who are under shot and a high majority of chihuahuas in the ring are under.
i wouldn't worry about if its not affecting them
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