My new puppy was discovered to have parrot mouth. Have fallen in love with him, but because no other puppies in litter showed no signs, does it mean they don't have the gene? How prevalent is this condition? Could other puppies in litter pass it on if they were to have litters.
Are you a breeder?
No, I'm not that crazy
Here is a link to some information about parrot mouth. Apparently it can sometimes correct its self...
About Dogs - Malocclusion - Incorrect Bite
Yes I did read all about it. Just wanted more info.
Anyways, sorry to hear of your troubles and Mike has posted some info. Good luck with your pup or whatever it is you need to find out.
Last edited by Diesel_Dawg; 07-14-2012 at 03:17 PM. Reason: sp/grammar
My younger dog has parrot mouth. His bottom jaw is about 1/4" short of where it should be.
It's not a big deal. He has been able to eat fine, fetches fine and it's not been any impediment to him at all. Had he not had parrot mouth he would have been the pick of the litter he was in (which produced 2 champions). He instead, is my pet and has been neutered. From what I understand it is a heritable trait, so you would not want to reproduce those genes.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
There have been a number of studies done showing it is an inheritable trait and any dog with the abnormality should not be bred nor should any of the sibling be bred nor should the breeding be repeated. If you do an internet search, lots of info comes up. My dad has a Sheltie with lance canines that has also proven to be genetic.