09 Jun
  • By tbm2421
  • Cause in Africa

Dentition Database

Did you know that OFA has a Dentition database? Indeed!

Opened in late 2011, there are now more than 5000 dogs in the Dentition database. Of course, for breeds whose standards call for full dentition, and teeth are routinely counted—Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Leonbergers—this is a great resource when planning breedings.

But it might surprise you to know that there are other breeds, not in the Working or Herding Group, whose standards mention a specific number of teeth. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier might be one of the cutest and most appealing breeds on the planet, but he was bred to hunt vermin, sometimes even as large and menacing as the badger, and the breed’s founders describe the bite and number of teeth in great detail, including this: “The incisors in each jaw are evenly spaced and six in number.” The Bulldog standard also specifies “six small teeth in front, between the canines…”

Teeth are even counted on the Czechoslovakian Vlcak, a breed created for use as border guards and in other military posts. There are already several dozen of these dogs in the OFA Dentition database.

Australian Cattle Dog teeth—and those of other Herding breeds that “nip” heels to accomplish their work—are very important to their ability to function, and fanciers have reflected their focus on teeth by utilizing the database.

Here are some breeds you might not think of as ones that count teeth: in the OFA Dentition databse there are 280 Poodles! Almost 200 Shelties… 120 Havanese… 82 Borzoi… and double digits in lots of other breeds, including Welsh Terriers and Westies.