I don't believe a slight underbite will be a problem, and you shouldn't be able to notice it just by looking at her. You would more then likely have to open her mouth and look at her teeth to notice it, and yes it can be corrected.
***Edited By: Kaiya-Aspenmom on 2/13/2006 3:56:15 PM*** Reason: Add
My duchess has one, she's a Am.bull/pitt cross but if its just a pet I wouldnt go through fixing it. Duchess just looks like she's pouting when her mouth is closed because her bottom lip pooches out a tad bit more than her top. It dont affect anything though.
Fortunatly slight underbites are not that noticable until you look at the dogs teeth.
I would not worry to horribly just yet. The bottem jaw and hte top jaw grow at diffrent rates. This often causes heart attacks, high blood pressuer, and early thoughts of suicude in the show community when the dogs bite makes or breaks the dog.
But slightly overbites I do not worry about, a slight underbite I would not expect to correct itself, but it sitll might.
But if its slight now, and shes how old again? Around six weeks correct? Hmm... it may not resolve itself out and may only grow worse. She has enough lips that it won't be noticable with her mouth closed or open but when you pull out her lips it will jump out at oyu.
Riley - I have Cavaliers - Spaniel breed also. Yes, this is something that can be passed down within the lines. One thing you want to know is if the back teeth care lining up in a correct bite or if they are out of line (which is a major flaw that can impact the dog later in life with dental problems).
My experience with cavaliers pups is that when the teeth erupt if they are are in a good bite - then go under/over they will eventually go back to a sissor bite.
In my breed the bite may correct up to a year of age - with most bites being corrected by 6 months.
I have a pup now (7 weeks) who is correct - but who was level at 6 weeks.
You may want to find out information about the grandparents - if they have a good bite then the odds are that this pup will correct.
You may want to ask the breeder to supply ample chew toys for the pup so that she can exercise her jaw.
***Edited By: heritage on 2/14/2006 12:46:45 PM*** Reason: add
Are you planning to show the dog? If so, I would pass on that pup if you can. If not, then you just have to decide if it bothers you or not. I would guess that most of them are not visible. My mom's dog looks exactly like that picture, but that is probably an extreme case. It doesn't bother the dog. My dogs underbite doesn't show at all. I didn't even know she had it until I really looked while brushing her teeth.
I wouldn't consider getting it fixed. Its got to involve some pretty hefty jaw surgery and be very expensive, not to mention a bit tough on the poor doggie.
I am not sure with underbites, because like I said it is Boxer standard so it is not a big deal. I do know that ALL dogs, even Champions have 'flaws', and that people breed with a complimentary dog to correct them.
I don't know if this is the case with springers and underbites. So I don't want to encourage you TO BREED her with out looking in to it. It is some thing that maybe you could research and ask your breeder about.
I mean, you must have mentioned that you wanted full AKC registration and were going to concider breeding. Ask if it is something that is a serious enough fault to automatically have her spayed or not.
I'm going to see what the vets say about it and if it will correct itself or not.
I just don't get, if its not something that is a big deal (I called every vet in town and they all told me not to worry about it) and it was a fluke thing (her grandparents and parents all have normal bites) why can't she be bred? It's not like its hip displaysia or something. I'm really just asking and curious. Waiting to hear back from the breeder, who is also waiting to hear from her vet about it.