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Showing, Genetics and Breeding: Teeth - The Bite

Examples of different types of bites in dogs.

The "bite" refers to the way the top teeth line up with the bottom teeth. Dogs with a poor bite may have a hard time chewing their food when eating. Some breeds do allow for an underbite, however the pictures shown are of a dog whose breed should have a scissors bite.

 
 

First let’s look at a good example of a scissors bite in a dog (above). Notice how the teeth line up nicely.

Below are pictures of a very poor bite for a breed that should have a scissors bite. This dog has what is called a "crooked wry" bite, which means it is abnormally twisted or bent to one side, in addition to an underbite. Dogs with poor bites may have a hard time eating and should not be bred.

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

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