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Head - Teeth and Bite

The teeth meet in a scissors bite. That is, the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth in such a manner that the inner surface of the upper incisors barely touch the outer surface of the lower incisors when the mouth is closed. Faults - Bite - Undershot or overshot jaw. Level bite.
These dogs’ teeth are the correct scissors bite, and a good size. Note the 6 incisors between the canine teeth both top and bottom.
Miniature Schnauzers have some problems with small and uneven teeth and occasionally a bad bite.

Missing premolars are occasionally seen in Miniature Schnauzers.
The standard does not call for full dentition, but it is something for breeders to consider when evaluating all of the dog so that it does not become a problem in the breed.

A bigger problem, but not from a judge’s perspective is that many dogs have excessive tartar buildup and lose teeth to periodontal disease at an early age.

This dog’s teeth are very strong, complete, and perfectly aligned. Note how the premolars offset each other from the top to bottom jaws. There is another premolar on the lower jaw not visible in this photograph, that is immediately behind the lower canine tooth.

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