Why are puppy teeth so sharp? The Ultimate Guide

Why are puppy teeth so sharp?

Puppies will begin growing their temporary teeth around the age of three weeks. This stage is very important in a puppys life as they will begin to be more independent and self-aware. For example, puppies will socialise with their family and their caregivers, they will begin to eat solid food and they will be more conscious of how hard their bite can be.

If your puppy is going through this stage you mustve realised how sharp their teeth are. Perhaps you were playing with them and they bit you. However, they didnt realise how hard their bite was. After all, it is their first time having teeth in their mouth.

So, why do puppies have sharp teeth? There are a number of different reasons as to why puppies need sharp temporary teeth. The most important one is weaning. Around the time their first teeth start growing, puppies will begin weaning off their mothers milk. The mother will begin to avoid feeding them as their teeth will hurt her nipples.

Therefore, puppies will begin to shift their diet towards a solid food diet. Thats when their new sharp teeth will come into play. Puppies dont have strong jaws yet, therefore, they will need their little sharp teeth to help them chew solid food and wean off their mothers milk.

Another reason intertwined with weaning is biting. As weve said, due to their biting, their mother will force them to begin weaning. Shes not the only one that will notice how sharp their teeth are. Their siblings will also notice when theyre playing around.

This is when your puppy will start learning how hard their bite can really be, as their play mates will squeal and withdraw when bitten too hard. Your puppy will then understand that they need to be less rough with their biting when playing. Lastly, to cope with the pain of their teeth growth, puppies will need plenty of chew toys. If not, they will find other things to bite, such as furniture.

During their puppyhood, their small teeth will be sharp but their jaws will be weak. Once theyre adults, they will have strong teeth (not as sharp as their puppy teeth) and stronger jaws. But they will know how to control their bite and be more self-aware. With proper socialisation and training, your puppy will grow to be a well-behaved and balanced tempered adult dog.

Puppies are generally born without any teeth. Their first set of teeth, known as milk teeth or puppy teeth, come in when they are around 3 weeks of age. From then on, they will go through a series of changes as they loose this set and grow their adult teeth. To simplify, this is the outline of a puppys teeth development:

  • 0-3 weeks: puppies are born without teeth.
  • 3-6 weeks: puppies will begin to grow their first set of teeth, known as puppy teeth. They will grow a total of 28 teeth: 12 incisors, 4 canines and 12 pre-molars.
  • 8-16 weeks: puppies will begin loosing their first set of teeth, making way for their adult teeth to grow in.
  • 8 months: by this time your puppy should have their adult teeth. This consists of 42 teeth: 12 incisors, 4 canines, 16 premolars and 10 molars.
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