Overbites in Ridgeback Puppies

Sometime, in your search for a puppy, you may come across a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy with an “overbite”. This is a situation where the top teeth of the puppy, overlap the bottom teeth a little bit. It is important to understand that the mere presence of an “overbite” doesnt always indicate a genetic flaw – unless it reoccurs frequently. It happens from time to time in everyones litters. The severity of the overbite is the issue.

An observant breeder (the only kind to deal with, really!) will have spotted the issue early on and will have disclosed the issue to you. Most of the time, very little if anything needs to be done with a puppy that has an overbite. At other times the teeth may need to be ground down a little bit when they get their permanent adult set, but this generally causes no issues for the health or comfort of the puppy, long term. There are instances where it can be an issue, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

The reputable kennels all have their litters vet checked prior to going to new homes. If a breeder suggests that all is well and that the overbite shouldnt be an issue, simply request a vets verification on the problem. Simply ask the breeder for the health certificate on that puppy. It will state plainly whether or not a potential could exist for future problems.