Correct Scissors bite: Incisors
Scissors bite: Canines
bite: Pre -Molar
Shepherd should have
forty two (42) strong,
functional teeth that meet in a scissors bite.
In a scissors bite, the
lower incisors should close immediately behind the upper incisors.
A scissors bite is ideal for the Australian Shepherd
creates the least amount of wear, offers the most support and allows
for a proper pinching grip of livestock .
even bite is acceptable as it is still functional, but is faulted
because it offers less structural support and the incisors are subject
to greater wear.
alignment of teeth is best determined by looking at relationship
between the canine and molars as well as that of the incisors. In a
true scissors bite the lower
canines should lie exactly between the upper outside incisors and upper
canines, yet touching neither. Pre-molar crown tips should meet in a
saw-tooth manner, with the tips of the lower pre-molars pointing to a
space between the upper pre-molars.
prudent judge will check all areas of the bite, not just the
of the incisors when determining alignment.
is an active, working breed and teeth are subject to breakage. A dog
presenting teeth broken or missing by accident should never be
penalized. These should be differentiated from genetically
The majority of genetically missing
teeth in the Australian Shepherd will be the pre-molars, although the
occasional molar or incisor may be missing. Genetically missing teeth
weaken the overall jaw structure and
leave the mouth subject to injury. The more missing teeth, the weaker
entire jaw structure will be. The Australian Shepherd ideally has full
dentition. Genetically missing teeth should be penalized in accordance
to the number missing..