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Very undershot jaw

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by Shadrap, Jun 21, 2001.

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  1. Shadrap

    Shadrap Boxer Booster

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    Looking at Gina, neither I, nor anyone else has ever noticed anything wrong with the proportion of her lower and upper jaw. I have started her on some basic manwork and the trainer has not been able to get a good holding bite from her, even though she is very enthusiastic to play with the sack he is using.

    We looked into her mouth and were horrified to find that the top incisor teeth are actually situated behind the lower canine teeth when the mouth is closed. It seems to me that this is the problem. I have no great expectatuions with the manwork and am merely doing it because Gina seems so enthusiastic and seems to enjoy it so much.... so the holding bite is no great train wreck for me.

    I am concerned that the amount of undershot (about 1 inch) might cause her problems in eating later and I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem.

    I will try and take some photographs of her mouth.
     
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    Krikkit Boxer Insane

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    Undershot

    Hi Peter, Boxers are supposed to be undershot, though not excessively. Does Gina show her tongue or teeth when her mouth is closed? Are her teeth in a straight line on the bottom jaw? How big are her teeth? Matt (Marimat) wrote this about the Boxer jaw recently in reference to a pic of a Boxer skull which is no longer online (or has moved and I can not find it :LOL: )

    There is an illustration of the Boxer jaw here

    http://www.bright.net/~boxrland/noframe/illust4.htm

    Info on Boxer mouths here

    http://clubs.akc.org/abc/gazette-99-04.htm

    http://clubs.akc.org/abc/gaz92-07.htm

    Out of our four Boxers three have very good Boxer mouths and hold extremely well. Layla's mouth could be better and she will not hold well and just plays around (but I suspect that is just her as she has no real instinct for this type of work :p ).

    Sharon
     
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    Vanessa Boxer Booster

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    Annabelle has a very extreme underbite also. There is about an inch difference in the jaw. The vet said it would not cause any problems for her since it was so extreme. Her tongue is almost always sticking out and one of her bottom k-9 teeth gets caught on her lip. I think it's cute.
     
  4. Shadrap

    Shadrap Boxer Booster

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    Thanks so much for the info. I suspect that because the top K9's don't fit just behind the lower ones that there might be a bit excessive undershot.

    Btw ... her tongue or teeth don't stick out when her mouth is closed... in fact, she has a wonderful looking face and it looks well proportioned from the outside. It fooled several so called dog "experts" ... or should that be Ex- Perts" ... hehehehe.

    Thanks again and I will try and take some photos just for interest sake.
     
  5. Marimat

    Marimat Boxer Expert<br><img src="/forums/images/modpaw.gi

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    Shadrap

    Would you happen to have a head shot of her you could post (or may already have posted)?

    Doesn't matter if the mouth is open or closed in the pic if you have one

    Thanks

    Matthew
     
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