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I purchased a GSD female who has an overbite that will require specialized dental surgery. Her lower canines are hitting her upper palate. I paid $2000.00 for this pet quality dog. I chose the breeder based on the numerous genetic disorder clearances that she does. I'm looking at least a $1600 vet bill. My question is, do most reputable breeders guarantee normal dentition?

My guarantee doesn't specifically address the bite issue but does speak to health, hips, and elbows. I informed the breeder, when the dog was three months old, that the vet told me the bite was overshot. Two other vets have noted this in her chart on subsequent appointments. The breeder replied that they had never produced a dog with an overbite and she would outgrow it. I believe the breeder has gone through the alphabet twice on the number of litters bred.

Now my dog is seven months old, her adult teeth have grown in, and she still has an overbite that if uncorrected will result in significant pain. I informed the breeder that the bite has not self-corrected and I had consulted a specialist. I included the price of treatment as an attachment and the reply I received was "Ok, I guess do what you think is best. Bummer for sure, sorry. Best wishes,

I know I might have to eat this expense, but would it be ethical to let the owner of the stud dog know that he has produced progeny with this genetic condition. All the research that I have done says that Malocclusion ll is hereditary. Also is there a way to let other potential buyers know that they should have this condition guaranteed in the contract they sign with this breeder?

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

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Can you get a picture? It isn't unusual for an overbite to correct itself. I hate that many vets want to jump the gun and do surgery.
 

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OK, I am going through the same dilemma.

I imported a pup at 4 mths frome Germany and she developed an over bite. I contacted the breeder and was told that it had not been picked up by the breed warden or by the vet when the pup had her health examination before travelling.

A lot of people said that the bottom jaw grows at a slower rate than the top, so I decided to wait and see.

However in the meantime her puppy canines were refusing to come out and her adult bottom canines were growing on the inside next to the puppy canines.

It was suggested that I wait for her puppy teeth to fall out but the adult lower canines began two pierce the roof of her mouth. She had to go to a specialist who removed the puppy canines and she was fitted with a dental plate to push the adult canine into the correct position.

Her bottom jaw has now caught up and she no longer has an over bite. I asked the vet if it was hereditary and he said not always, sometimes it is bad luck.

I asked the breeder if she knew of any of pups ancestors had a problematic with maloclusions but she told me the SV are berg strict and such dogs would never have been allowed two breed.

Her teeth are now better but the teeth have not fully emerged, so she had to have extensions fitted on the bottom canines to prevent them returning two previous state. When her teeth have stopped growing she will have the extensions removed.

Naturally I'm not best pleased because I paid a goods amount for her.

Goodnight luck with yours.
 

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My posting rules say that I cannot post any attachments, so I'm assuming that includes photos. I'm new to this forum and it's possible that I'm not seeing where or how to post a photo.
 

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Sorry, I don't know why that typed out goodnight luck; it's supposed to read good luck

Stupid auto correct
 

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My posting rules say that I cannot post any attachments, so I'm assuming that includes photos. I'm new to this forum and it's possible that I'm not seeing where or how to post a photo.

You should be able to post photos. Use the "Go advanced" and then scroll down the page to Manage attachments. Then you can upload a photo.
 
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