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Showing, Genetics and Breeding: Teeth - The Bite

A Show Dog's Life

This is a good example of a scissors bite in a dog (above). Notice how the teeth line up nicely. This page gives an example 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.

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.