Between 4 and 6 months check the mouth to be sure the milk teeth have been shed and are not interfering with the growth of the permanent teeth.
Some mouths change during the first eighteen months. Depending upon the degree of severity, overbites tend to correct, but if the lower jaw protrudes, the fault has little chance of coming right and level bites wear down the teeth.
Large, close fitting teeth with a scissor bite are breed characteristics. It is important to keep teeth free of tartar, naturally with marrow bones, with a tooth scaler, or by veterinarian assistance. Some dogs lose their teeth at an early age, a trait to consider when breeding.
ANTIC, Fall 1981
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