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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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5 month old overbite... will it grow out?



Opinions: will this overbite in a 5.5 month old bitch grow out? 50/50 odds? Both parents have correct bite, but one puppy from a previous breeding had a level bite (I did not know this at the time). Not my dogs, not my breeding. This was the first puppy I've had from this breeder, not sure what to think.
My gut says 'nope', since it hasn't changed in the last two months or with the eruption of the canines. But I don't have any experiences with dogs that weren't scissor-bite from the get-go, so this is new territory for me.
Sorry, best pic I could get. Try holding down a high drive puppy long enough for a bite pic, lol!
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Can't see the bite at all in the pic. You need a better pic. In general, the worse the overbite, the less chance of it correcting itself.

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Is the lower canine digging into the upper gum creating a hole or a dent?

If it is, I'd have it checked out by a dental specialist. We were dealing with this with out 6 month old girl, and her lower canine was creating a hole in her upper palate. In 3-4 weeks, it had shifted itself and was creating a "dent" on the outside of her upper gum. Now, 4 more weeks later, the tooth appears to be settled into the correct position. The specialist advised that we did not need any corrective measures, but sometimes help is needed to move the teeth into the correct position.

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Nothing is digging into anything yet, I'm not worried about canines. It's the incisors I'm fretting about. That's pretty far from a scissor bite; no judge would miss this (well... I *hope* no judge would miss this, lol). There's still a bit of room for her lower canine to pull her jaw forward, should I hope?

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Did she have an overbite at 8 weeks?

I think this small degree over overbite will correct as she grows. Especially if the lower canines catch against the uppers, this can work to help correct the bite too.

The upper and lower jaws grow at different rates and this can cause overbites temporarily.

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She had an overbite with her puppy teeth at 10 weeks when I got her, but I honestly didn't think much of it (big mistake, one I won't make again). Thanks so much for the input, I'd still love more... it seems like I'm getting 50/50 on this, lol.
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Hunter had an overbite that corrected itself by the time he was one year old. I wouldn't worry about it for now.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses so far. Let me ask a different question:

Even if the bite resolved, would you remove this dog from your breeding program because of this issue with the bite assuming all the other conformation was spot-on?
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That overbite does not look severe to me. There's a good chance it will correct itself as she grows. Were you planning on showing her?
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Yes. And adding her to my breeding program, hence the question.
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