The denture of German Shepherds has almost no change since its origins. And because he is a prey animal this is reflected in its teeth, that are perfectly adapted to capture, fracture and cut the prey. His rear teeth are in charge of performing the process of cutting and grinding.
His first teeth are called milk teeth:
The German Shepherd puppy is born without teeth, and about a month old the first teeth begin to emerge in the lower jaw. When he turns six months old, milk teeth are usually complete.
The composition of milk teeth is as follows:
In each maxillary, right and left, and both upper and lower:
- 3incisors (cutting teeth)
- 1canine tooth (capture)
We can also see that the milk teeth have a total of 28 pieces. There are not premolars (4 in total), none of the molars (10 in total), these teeth will appear to form part of the final denture.
The former superior milk premolar and the last inferior milk premolar, work together as crushers.
Baby teeth are smaller, sharper and pointer that permanent teeth, and generally are of a slightly bluish color.
Denture control, both at the correct times of onset as their formation and location are very important because they are part of the future digestive health of our German Shepherd dog, and also could affect his ability to compete.