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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Weak jaws

Would you consider this a weak underjaw. Blitz always seems to be dropping toys and object when running around. He's almost 12 months
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show his bite from the front

show his dentition and bite from the side (lift the lips)

doesn't look well developed

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Shouldn't the back teeth be coming in more at this age?
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There's nothing about his jaw shape that would keep him from holding onto or gripping a toy. That's more likely coming from his puppiness (that's probably not an actual word) and not ever having been asked to hold onto a toy.

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he has a short snout btw. I think he just has a soft grip when it comes to toys and what not. Every time we play fetch he drops the ball once or twice on his way back, it's pretty funny to watch i was just curious. He won't be doing any protection training or bite work honestly so im not too worried about it. I just like to learn more about the breed
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How old is he. Give him bones to chew. Inintially i suspected my male to have weak jaws, but as he matured iy improved. Now he carries brick (seriously) in his mouth. I think it is important to wait and see for atleast 18 months
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Our WL male was a ball and toy dropper when younger and he has a fairly large muzzle. He tended to chew, mouth, or even hold the ball "squished" off to one side of his mouth and he'd make it shoot out (he still does this). I think it's just them having fun with it rather than solidly latching on. I doubt your pup has any issue with jaw strength.
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I know it's considered a "fault" in the breed but like I said he won't be doing any bite work. He's my first ever GSD and dog and couldn't have been more perfect for that. My next one will be a working line for sure.....further down the road though
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 10:52 AM
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A good test of his jaw strength might be to time how long it takes him to completely destroy a bully stick or shear the knot off of a rawhide bone.

Jack drops things while running all the time, and it's usually because he's bouncing around, mouthing the ball, or getting distracted. He does much better with sticks. That said, he's capable of puncturing a Jolly Egg so he can carry it, and does so with little effort--and that is some hard plastic. Ours destroys 6-inch bully sticks/rawhide knots in about 20 minutes when he's focused.
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a weak or under developed lower jaw is a conformational fault
as are missing teeth, under shot , over shot .

it does not have anything to do with improving the dogs chew power

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