The dog's teeth differ in some ways from that of humans, but also has similarities. Even fur noses are initially born without teeth, then get milk teeth and ultimately the permanent dog teeth. Here you can learn more about the dog's teeth.
Most dog breeds have a so-called scissor bite, in which the teeth fit together like a pair of scissors. Some breeds, including several breeds of dog breeds, have a forceps dentition in which the incisors collide and do not overlap. The dog bite is vital for the four-legged friend - the "prey" must be caught and chewed with it. Therefore, the dental care in dogs is particularly important - brushing teeth and proper nutrition, for example, contribute to the preservation of dog teeth.
This is how the dog's teeth develop
The milk teeth in the puppy break through in the third to sixth week of life, in total, dogs get successively 28 milk teeth, including 2 fangs, 6 incisors and 6 molars each in the upper and lower jaw. Between the fourth and seventh month of life then takes place the change of teeth. The milk teeth are replaced by the permanent dentition. The timing of the tooth change is also dependent on the dog breed - it is usually completed earlier in large breeds than in smaller quadrupeds. After the change, the dog then has more teeth in his mouth than before, namely 42 and thus 10 more than the human.
The dog's teeth usually have 42 teeth
The permanent dentition of the dog normally has 42 teeth, divided into 2 fangs, 6 incisors and 12 molars in the upper jaw and 2 fangs, 6 incisors and 14 molars in the lower jaw. The dentition of dogs differs in many ways from that of humans. In dog bite the fangs or canines are very strong. The molars have relatively small chewing surfaces and have several tips that can be used to crush bone. The Fang in the upper jaw is the largest tooth. Also unlike our humans: The temporomandibular joint of our animal partners hardly allows lateral chewing movements.
But the individual dog teeth are there
The different dog teeth all have different tasks. The fangs serve dogs, as the name implies, to catch or grab and hold the prey during the hunt. The incisors help the dog to gnaw the meat off bones. In dog dentition, the molars are getting bigger from the front to the back - they are there to cut and shred the food. The largest and most important tooth is the Fang, with which larger pieces and even bones can be cut.