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Undershot.....?

Okay so I have a question for you BT breeders/experienced folks.....

I know the head structures are unique obviously in these guys, and I've been told they continue to change until maturity....

Well, my question here is, if a pup is slightly undershot, is there any chance that the bite may correct itself with age (until maturity) ? I've never had a BT with such a roman finish as my white pup, so I don't really know the answer to this question. Any input? Thanks!
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
Usually with under bites they MAY correct themselves slightly, but in MORE cases it will get worse with time. If the dog is pretty nice else wise you may still have a chance at showing, if its just a reverse scissor its nothing to worry about. But its a fault in the show ring none the less and will be much harder to show. In some countries you cant show a bull terrier without a perfect bite. There is nothing that can be done about an under bite and its just a fault like bad ears, bad feet ect. Dont breed to another bitch with poor teeth.
 
Usually with under bites they MAY correct themselves slightly, but in MORE cases it will get worse with time. If the dog is pretty nice else wise you may still have a chance at showing, if its just a reverse scissor its nothing to worry about. But its a fault in the show ring none the less and will be much harder to show. In some countries you cant show a bull terrier without a perfect bite. There is nothing that can be done about an under bite and its just a fault like bad ears, bad feet ect. Dont breed to another bitch with poor teeth.

Thank you. He is GREAT in every other way, can't find alother fault on him. It's just his bite. Here's a quick pic. He's hard to keep still but it gives you an idea. He just turned 6mths old.

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MsAcer

Good Dog
I would say that's not gonna change. Your not breeding or gonna show are you? If you are breeding and ALL other health aspects are good, pick a bitch with a prefect bite. But his bite is bad.
 

Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
one of the major problems with these underbites are the canine teeth going into the roof of the mouth, which can sometimes cause problems, holes in the mouth ect. some teeth are just incorrectly placed teeth and can cause them to go into the roof of the mouth. its not too bad of an underbite, but considering the shape of the head it is. my white bitch is VERY undershot its really bad and I bred her to a very strait faced bull terrier and the teeth all came out wonderful even with them reaching 8 months. Its pretty correctable. My females head is extremely round, with a big down face slope with caused her underbite, not to mention it didnt help the breeders bred two underbites together. Its just something that occurs with this breed, and we have to accept it, for me its more acceptable with dogs with very round heads and i feel its not so forgiving in a dog with a lesser head. do you have any more photos of him?
 

MsAcer

Good Dog
I guess I'm just used to seeing my friends dogs bites. The OP dog looks as if it's missing teeth/ or has less teeth then normal and is pretty "gapy"
So hucklebutt your opinion is that his dogs bite looks Ok for a dog of that age? Not even talking about the under bite itself...
 
one of the major problems with these underbites are the canine teeth going into the roof of the mouth, which can sometimes cause problems, holes in the mouth ect. some teeth are just incorrectly placed teeth and can cause them to go into the roof of the mouth. its not too bad of an underbite, but considering the shape of the head it is. my white bitch is VERY undershot its really bad and I bred her to a very strait faced bull terrier and the teeth all came out wonderful even with them reaching 8 months. Its pretty correctable. My females head is extremely round, with a big down face slope with caused her underbite, not to mention it didnt help the breeders bred two underbites together. Its just something that occurs with this breed, and we have to accept it, for me its more acceptable with dogs with very round heads and i feel its not so forgiving in a dog with a lesser head. do you have any more photos of him?

Thanks for all the shared info! I gotta get up to date ones, but here's a few shots from about 2wks ago.....his roman finish seems to be becoming more pronounced as he ages. His parents' bites are both normal, but one of his sisters has a slight OVERbite. Odd.

To MsAcer: I weightpull with him, and I planned on showing him, or at least trying. He's darn near perfect otherwise. I also plan on having him CGC'd and TT'd. I will be having him BAER tested, his heart checked by auscultation, and his UPC ratio checked as well. Then, if I do decide to breed him, it will be to a bitch with a fully correct bite.

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Hucklebutt

Banned Back Yard Breeder
the teeth themselves dont look too bad or wrongly placed too much, just an under bite can cause teeth to go into the mouth. when looking at a correct head they shouldnt have a dip beneath the eyes, a smooth curve is ideal. He looks pretty nice, im wondering what bloodlines he has.
 
Thank you. It's fun watching him fill out and mature. I do have his 4-generation AKC pedigree I could scan in. His great grandparents were imported. His parents were bred by a kennel in California.