Canine Dentition 
Adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth
(20 upper and 22 lower teeth)
Puppies have 28 baby (deciduous) teeth
(14 upper and 14 lower teeth)
Puppies should have 28 temporary teeth that erupt at about 3-4 weeks of age. They will eventually have 42 permanent adult teeth that begin to emerge at about 3-4 months of age. As puppies, there are 14 upper and 14 lower puppy teeth. Puppies do not have any of the molars or premolar 1.

Tooth Emergence Schedule
                 Deciduous       Permanent
Incisors     4-6 weeks        3-5 months
Canine       5-6 weeks       4-6 months
Premolars     6 weeks        4-5 months
Molars                               5-7 months



Adult Canine Dentition Chart

Important Puppy Teeth Information

Puppies should lose a puppy tooth before the corresponding adult tooth emerges, but you will sometimes see both the puppy tooth and the adult tooth side by side. This is especially common with the canines. If a puppy tooth is still in place when an adult tooth begins to show, and it shows no signs of loosening, you need to consult with your veterinarian to decide if the puppy tooth needs to be pulled so the dog's bite will not be affected.

It is very important to keep a close eye on your puppy's teeth as they emerge.  Any abnormalities need to be dealt with promptly.


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