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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-21-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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I just purchased a havanese puppy that I will be bringing home soon. The puppy is 8 weeks old and has an overbite. I have been told that the overbite may correct itself as the puppy matures. Is this something I should be concerned about. How common is an overbite in Havanese? Thank you.
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I don't have any experience with overbites/underbites in dogs, but I haven' yet seen an over or underbite correct itself. How mild or severe is the underbite? Have you seen the puppy? Do you have any pics that you can share with us.

We have forum members on here with Havs that have both over and underbites and I hope they will chime in.

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Julia,

Thank you for your response and the welcome to the forum. Yes, I have seen my puppy. In fact I selected her from 3 possible choices--and I knew about the overbite problem when I selected her. And, I am quite smitten with her anyway. She is a little doll. She would probably have been selected by one of the breeders if it weren't for the overbite. I don't think the overbite is too severe. I just want to be prepared for any possible problems associated with the overbite issue. There is no evidence of an overbite issue in her pedigree (with her mother, father, siblings, grandparents, etc.). Any insights from others who have had experience with overbites in their havanese would be helpful. Thanks again,Julia, for the welcome and your response.

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One of the puppies in my last litter had an overbite. Her baby teeth fell out and her adult teeth came in with no problems. I doesn't cause her any discomfort or issues at all-
Best of luck with your new baby and we love puppy pictures!!!
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Each puppy (dog) is different. Some jaws will fix themselves later, some will not, and some will get worse (parrot bite). Unfortunately, this isn't one of the areas where we can predict the outcome very well. Be prepared to do some dental work if necessary, but hope that you will not need to do so.

Welcome to the forum Nancy! Where do you live? If you need any canine orthodontic care, feel free to ask. Many times there are breeders that know where to find the experts in each area.

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Thanks everyone! It sounds like I will just need to wait to see if my puppy's overbite corrects itself with time--hopefully it will. I will be able to bring her home about mid-October. I live in Washington state--about a 5-hour drive from my breeder's home. I'm hoping the long drive home won't be too unsettling for her. This is my first experience with a Havanese--and it's been a long time since I've had a puppy. Lots to learn. I'm sure I will have lots more questions. Thanks again for your help!
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Are you going to breed or show her? If she is a pet, I would be more concerned with her personality. Miley has an underbite, and her price was discounted because of it since she couldn't be sold for breeding or showing. I don't notice it now...not sure if it corrected itself, or I'm just used to it?? But it was not even an issue for me....

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Todd had a very small overbite when he was a tiny puppy but it corrected itself when his adult teeth came in.

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I'm sure an overbite isn't desirable in a puppy that is intended for breeding or showing. But we had a Border Collie on the horse farm where I lived and worked before I got married. My friend (the farm owner) got her for a lower price specifically because she had a pretty severe overbite. She lived to be 16 years old, and her teeth never gave her any problems at all.

If you are really concerned about it, you could contact your vet and ask them what they think before you actually pick her up.

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Hey Nancy,

Did we mention that posting pictures is a requirement on this forum.

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