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Wondering if this doe has an underbite or if it's normal. I bought her for breeding/showing, and she is hopefully bred, so hoping her bite is OK.
 

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I was planning on showing her.... Even the 4-H judges are really thorough when it comes to the little things on a goat. What are the chances it'll pass down to kids or grandkids?
 

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Here is a photo, not taken by me. Hopefully it shows it ok. If not I might have another to show it..
 

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In the head shot it almost looks like she was an overbite... she does have a slight underbite, but also appears to be a little older which can be why she is off now. The front view looks like she is not wearing her teeth evenly, you might find a good vet and have them look at her back teeth, it could be she has a hook back there preventing her from aligning her jaw correctly.

How does she eat? Does she drop a lot of food?

Usually with dairy goats, at least at ADGA shows, the judges don't look at their teeth.
 

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In the head shot it almost looks like she was an overbite... she does have a slight underbite, but also appears to be a little older which can be why she is off now. The front view looks like she is not wearing her teeth evenly, you might find a good vet and have them look at her back teeth, it could be she has a hook back there preventing her from aligning her jaw correctly.

How does she eat? Does she drop a lot of food?

Usually with dairy goats, at least at ADGA shows, the judges don't look at their teeth.
She is only three. I thought that their teeth started getting wacky (if they do) at 5+? I have a 10 almost 11 year old doe who has perfect teeth.

She seems to eat fine, maybe drops some grain, but it seems like they all do that. Tonight when I give them their grain I will look closer.

She is thin, but was nursing triplets up until a few weeks ago. I have her on sunflower oil for a fat supplement so she can gain some weight before winter really hits.
 

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Her bite does look off, not hugely but off. As she gets older, it might make it hard to keep weight on her or it might be slight enough that it won't bother her.

Breeding her to a buck with a good solid bite will give her kids a good chance of having a good bite.
 

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I've seen pictures, and they seem fine, but they aren't focusing on their bites so it's hard to tell. There are some pictures of her kids on my website, on her page.
 

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I don't think you'll have any issue showing her Sydney. I think you might be a tad too concerned about it. ;) :hug: To me, I see maybe a slight underbite. It's not very noticeable and without opening her mouth, you wouldn't notice anything unusual. I also don't think it's going to cause her any issues in the long run. Like Karen said, no animal is perfect.

I also have yet to see an ADGA judge check the bite on a goat.
 

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I don't think you'll have any issue showing her Sydney. I think you might be a tad too concerned about it. ;) :hug: To me, I see maybe a slight underbite. It's not very noticeable and without opening her mouth, you wouldn't notice anything unusual. I also don't think it's going to cause her any issues in the long run. Like Karen said, no animal is perfect.

I also have yet to see an ADGA judge check the bite on a goat.
You're right, I probably am. :eek: I was googling underbites in goats, and what I was finding led me to believe that she would place last in every class I enter her in. Those were older posts, so things are different now at shows I guess. And you're right, it's not sure noticeable, I think it's kinda cute :p The buck she is bred to does have a good solid bite, so we'll see what her kids' bites turn out like.

Thanks guys. :)
 

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I see a goat who is chewing on one side of her mouth predominantly. In the photo she doesn't look like she has an underbite. Furthermore it looks like half of her incisor teeth have been worn to at a "normal" plane, but her right side is not being ground down as she grazes and eats. My first thoughts would be hook on molars or maybe an ulcer on the interior of the cheek on that side...
 
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