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Old 07-26-2009, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed my 12 week old boxer has a little bit of an underbite... Is this a common occurance or anything to be concerned about?
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's actually a primary breed characteristic. Boxers were originally bred to capture and hold game. The underbite and short nose allows them to lock on and still be able to breathe out of their nose.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not an expert but every Boxer I've seen has one.............Some one else will chime in and answer I'm sure....
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is the breed standard where it explains the lower jaw...

Bite and Jaw Structure
The Boxer bite is undershot, the lower jaw protruding beyond the upper and curving slightly upward. The incisor teeth of the lower jaw are in a straight line, with the canines preferably up front in the same line to give the jaw the greatest possible width. The upper line of the incisors is slightly convex with the corner upper incisors fitting snugly in back of the lower canine teeth on each side. Neither the teeth nor the tongue should ever show when the mouth is closed.

Here is the link to the breed standard from the AKC...

http://www.akc.org/breeds/boxer/
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This is from the ABC(american boxer club)

http://americanboxerclub.org/standard.html



Bite and Jaw Structure: The Boxer bite is undershot, the lower jaw protruding beyond the upper and curving slightly upward. The incisor teeth of the lower jaw are in a straight line, with the canines preferably up front in the same line to give the jaw the greatest possible width. The upper line of the incisors is slightly convex with the corner upper incisors fitting snugly in back of the lower canine teeth on each side. Neither the teeth nor the tongue should ever show when the mouth is closed.

The upper jaw is broad where attached to the skull and maintains this breadth, except for a very slight tapering to the front. The lips, which complete the formation of the muzzle, should meet evenly in front. The upper lip is thick and padded, filling out the frontal space created by the projection of the lower jaw, and laterally is supported by the canines of the lower jaw. Therefore, these canines must stand far apart and be of good length so that the front surface of the muzzle is broad and squarish and, when viewed from the side, shows moderate layback. The chin should be perceptible from the side as well as from the front. Any suggestion of an overlip obscuring the chin should be penalized.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ditto, All i can say is Tinky has a HUGE underbite, it just adds character
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Henry's underbite got more pronounced as he got older. So look out, it'll get worse!
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My friend's boxer is 8months old now and we think he has some brain issues. Not only that his underbite is so prounounced that even with his mouth closed you see his lower teeth! She is very upset about his looks, not only that when she brought him home and took him to the vet he had a severe bronchial infection. She spent over 700.00 total for the puppy and all the vet medicine. He was dang near dead! So now 8 months later she has a deformed dog that is retarded...she is trying to get her money back, but the breeder says she will only give her another puppy. But she doesn't want any more puppies from this woman! I wish I could name her website, but even in the beginning she promised the puppy she had picked out, then when she drove 2.5 hours there with her daughter she was told here is the puppy you picked. Which she new it wasn't, but was conveniently the last of the litter, her daughter only 5 years old was excited for the new puppy coming home, so mom had to take it. I believe she will wind up taking this lady to small claims court! Believe me this dog is not right, never has been right! What do you all think?
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My friend's boxer is 8months old now and we think he has some brain issues. Not only that his underbite is so prounounced that even with his mouth closed you see his lower teeth! She is very upset about his looks, not only that when she brought him home and took him to the vet he had a severe bronchial infection. She spent over 700.00 total for the puppy and all the vet medicine. He was dang near dead! So now 8 months later she has a deformed dog that is retarded...she is trying to get her money back, but the breeder says she will only give her another puppy. But she doesn't want any more puppies from this woman! I wish I could name her website, but even in the beginning she promised the puppy she had picked out, then when she drove 2.5 hours there with her daughter she was told here is the puppy you picked. Which she new it wasn't, but was conveniently the last of the litter, her daughter only 5 years old was excited for the new puppy coming home, so mom had to take it. I believe she will wind up taking this lady to small claims court! Believe me this dog is not right, never has been right! What do you all think?
That is a sad story about the health issues but what behaviours does that dog do that you consider it "retarded"?

Is there any chance her boxer is mixed with an English Bulldog because that is a common hybrid. Would look something like this.

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You should expect a pencil width in a boxer that meets standard. +/- a little (I prefer the -) is acceptable as long as the bite integrity remains...
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