Stages of Puppy Teeth

By Jennifer Uhl

Newborn Teeth

Puppies are initially born without teeth. They do not receive their first puppy teeth until they reach the age of between six and eight weeks old. They grow a total of 28 teeth, which are known as baby teeth or deciduous teeth. The first teeth that fall out are the incisor teeth, followed by the premolars and the canines. Puppies do not have molar teeth, only premolars. Their upper and lower canine teeth are at the back of their mouths and are larger. Their upper and lower incisor teeth are located in the middle.


For puppies, the teething process continues for several months, off and on. For a puppy, this can be an uncomfortable and painful period. When puppies are teething, they increase their biting and chewing and test out different objects and texture to relieve the discomfort.

Losing Teeth

Between the ages of three months and seven months, a puppy begins to lose its deciduous teeth. Each deciduous tooth root will generally be absorbed by the adult tooth, though there are instances where this does not properly occur. At three months, the incisors begin to fall out to make room for the new adult teeth. At the age of four months, the adult molars and adult canines are beginning to come in. Between the ages of six and seven months, the adult molars will come in. Finally, by seven to eight months, the full set of adult teeth should have come in.


By the time a puppy is eight months old, it should have a full set of a total of 42 teeth, but some breeds have more or fewer. The larger the dog, generally speaking, the faster the teeth will appear. Doberman pinchers are an example of dogs that have fewer teeth. Spaniels and greyhounds tend to have more teeth. At the age of between three months and four months, a puppy should be checked out by a veterinarian to make sure that there are no bite problems. If bad bite is occurring as a result of puppy teeth, pulling the baby teeth prematurely may be necessary.
Comments (45)
Jul 31, 2009 jessicagrubb299
good information thanks
Aug 9, 2009 anjunegi
Thanks for this informaton. It will be great if you could provide some information regarding Female Dog behaviour between 5-8 months..
Oct 17, 2009 DoglessInZurich
Thank you so much for the info--we're about to get a 3-month-old and it's good to know what to expect.
Mar 10, 2010 DebforNow
Thanks, we have a new beagle puppy and I was curious when he would start losing teeth.
Apr 11, 2010 DoggyLover24
That's cool!!! Thanks for the information!
May 13, 2010 Carmilove1209
Thanks for the info! When my dog was a little puppy, we would find her teeth on the floor! LOL!
Aug 6, 2010 BasenjiMom
When my puppy was very young, I never thought I'd see a day where she didn't try to gnaw on me. But I waited and she lost her teeth. Now she has her adult teeth and she doesn't gnaw on my hands. She finally sticks to toys. Same thing for my friend with her Corgi. Have patience and it'll be okay! dogparkdra
Oct 2, 2010 1998
cool puppy used to always teeth and it started to hurt after awhile and when he grew up he was not as bad but still a handful so we had to give him away maybe next time we ever get a puppy well know how to stop it
Oct 13, 2010 stalans82
Very Interesting thanks
Oct 18, 2010 hannahgbanana
very informative! thanks!
Oct 23, 2010 stephjack22
I agree,..this article is very informative.Thanks
Nov 3, 2010 bobbywilliams
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Dec 15, 2010 gooddogtrainingadvice
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Jan 3, 2011 cutiepants26
This is good info, the other night when Saffy was sleeping on my bed I checked her teeth and she's lost 5 tiny little teeth.... I understand too now because she chews everything and bites... but she mainly likes my mums rubber thongs than any of her chew toys.(For Un-Australians it is FLIP FLOPS, hehe)
Jan 4, 2011 webdesigner
thank you for this, i'm a first time dog owner and really soak up any info I can get!
Jan 6, 2011 Dog101
This is actually some really interesting stuff
Feb 27, 2011 ccdirtdawgs
Re: Puppies "do not receive their first puppy teeth until they reach the age of between six and eight weeks old." This must vary by breed or other factors? My Siberian Husky litters had teeth erupting and began eating softened kibble around 3 weeks of age.
Mar 31, 2011 Doggie11
very interesting!
Apr 13, 2011 pet365
We've only ever found one puppy tooth lying around after it's dropped out - seems that they end up either swallowing or losing the others outside!
Jul 1, 2011 dogfence
never found a puppy tooth :( have had puppies guess its kinda like finding shark teeth :)
Jul 20, 2011 ThomasBarn
Thanks for sharing about how your dog is teething, really appreciated! Dog Aggression training is also important tho!
Aug 21, 2011 cobalt1
Thanks so much for the info. Recently rescued our puppyCobalt from the side of a road and wondered how old he was. Six to eight weeks since he's still getting puppy teeth. What kind of people dump babies on a four lane highway? thanks for the info.
Oct 30, 2011 ilovemylabroxy
my lab mix doesnt bite alot anymore cause shes 6 months. btw- great info
Dec 5, 2011 [email protected]
Our puppy Mya {american cocker spaniel just turned 5 months old and we found a tooth in her bed is this normal for them to fall out??/lol
Dec 20, 2011 lucmabbw
whew..glad to know that I won't be a chew toy forever :) been a long time since I had a puppy, he is now 9 weeks old..good information only a few more weeks of protecting my arms and ankles :)
Jan 27, 2012 Absmommy
Good article. Abbie has been particularly cranky; bleeding gums, loss of appetite, sleeping a lot, whimpering. Most comfortable chewing on the sleeve of an old sweatshirt (soft and gooey). I am giving her softened kibble, with yams and scrambled eggs added in--will she be TERRIBLY spoiled? She's very slender and muscular and I'm nervous about weight loss...
Apr 19, 2012 wagygirl
My 5 month old puppy has both, her puppy canines AND her grown canines. Is this something to be concerned about?
Jun 14, 2012 MarciaKay54
Our puppy Indy is about 8 weeks old now and sometimes likes to chomp on his mama (me)! I've been through this before so I know it will stop once his adult teeth come in. Meanwhile I just replace my arm/hand/leg/toes with a chew toy or bone when he gets the urge! He is a wonderful little pup and I adore him!
Jun 14, 2012 MarciaKay54
Our dog Daisy is five now and when she was a pup we lost about a pint of blood a day from her chewing on us! I was never so glad to see adult teeth come in! Haha! I've only ever found one puppy tooth and that was years ago. I still have it in his puppy book. The vet said it's unusual to find puppy teeth. They usually lose them outdoors or swallow them.
Jul 10, 2012 althomp
Thank you for the information. Our puppy was bought from a traveller who had advertised untruthfully ie 8mths old & house trained/vaccinated. our vet said she was about 8 weeks but we couldnt resist her. She is doing well with puppy training has had vacc to be on the safe side. Still unsure of her age but still suffering with teething. Ice cubes seem to help.
Jul 22, 2012 jaxx.panda.kry
My puppy, Jaxx, is 9 months old. When I got him 2 months ago, he had his baby canine teeth and his adult canines in his mouth. The baby ones had not fallen out yet. He must have swallowed one because I did not notice when it fell out. Today I noticed he was chewing on something and thinking it was something he shouldn't have been chewing on I opened his mouth to get it out. I realized it was the tooth, but it was very bloody around the gum area. He then continued to rub his mouth with his paws, so I'm worried he is in pain. I keep offering him fresh water, but is there anything else I could do? I haven't really found any useful info online.
Aug 14, 2012 MaggieMae_P
My Puppy, Maggie Mae was born 5/29/12 and is currently 11 weeks old and only has 2 teeth in her mouth. Is this common?
Aug 16, 2012 TeeleCrowe
@Maggie Mae. I would recommend you check with your vet. That is not very common. She may be skipping baby teeth or they could be jammed together which could affect how the adult ones come in. Best of luck with your girl! I hope everything comes out ok soon. (Yes, pun intended)
Oct 9, 2012 narnie76
i have a french bull dog puppy who is 7 months old, im not sure if hes lost all his baby teeth yet . his teeth dont look like baby teeth any more but ive not seen any fall out and he has been dribbling alot and chewing alot on his toys he has . but i was wondering about some of his teeth beacuse some of them have brown stains on them can someone please tell me why he has this . i keep thinking if its his new teeth they cant b going bad, so why r some of them stained, please help thanks emma
Nov 9, 2012 alisemaria
My Bichon will be 6 months old next week and I almost have enough teeth to make a necklace! So cute. Her teeth are falling out all over the house! We were away for a week and when we got back her breath was sooo bad. I read that this is normal and I sure hope it's temporary. I don't think pouring tic tacs down her mouth every hour will be good for her.
Feb 1, 2013 Pedrito
When should you begin to brush their teeth?
Feb 17, 2013 myko.m.banks
My god, I was about to freak out! She kept doing this thing with her mouth. Then POOF a tooth appeared. I thought she was possessed. Started recording her. Then her tooth came out and I freaked out even more. Had to Google it. (Google is god). I hope she doesn't swallow one... o_o'
Jun 4, 2013 Bellasue
there are a lot of chew toys for puppies that are teething and chewing or biting at your fingers. we have a almost 4 month old Shih Tzu ( Bella ) she is so smart, already got her potty ( with positive training)trained to go potty outside. Never ever, ever rub your dog's nose in her pee or potty, she has no idea why you are doing this to her/him it is very cruel and never ever,ever,ever, hit them for any reason trained. She understands the word no very clearly, and when she does start to chew my fingers or anything that she shouldn't I take one of her toys or her hard chew sticks and put that in her mouth, we did give her an old house shoe to play and chew on. They said never to let your puppy chew on your hands when they are little because then when they are older they don't understand that this is not welcome behavior.We made lots of mistakes with our other dog, we want this little girl to be a well behaved little girl. I do hope I find one of her baby teeth when it comes out. She is a awesome little girl.
Sep 26, 2013 hugapug920
I took my 4 month old Brussels Griffon to the vet and she is telling me his is not the age I was told because he still has all his puppy teeth. She said that breeders lie to make people believe the puppies are small. So my question is do all puppies have their incisors by age 4 months?
Feb 2, 2014 cat4
My puppy is a 3month old female jack/Tzu and has lost several teeth and i have found 8 of them
Feb 2, 2014 cat4
My puppy is a 3month old female jack/Tzu and has lost several teeth and i have found 8 of them
Mar 22, 2014 belsue
My yorkie puppy is 6 months old and I have noticed he has both puppy and adult canines. Is there something I should do? He is constantly chewing on something.
May 6, 2014 moodyfrog
My Chorkie is 7 months old and I have not noticed him loosing any teeth. Actually, when he has his mouth closed, his teeth are out of the mouth. He looks funny. This has happened in the last couple months. With the previous postings, would you think it is safe to say, he has both adult and baby teeth and he has teeth that need pulled?
May 7, 2014 bullybreedmom
my pit somehow broke his canine tooth at 3 months. he is 5 months now and hasn't lost it yet. its Turing black and is affecting his breath and gums. the vet didn't mention it when I was there last and I forgot to ask him. does the tooth need to be pulled. should he already have lost it? I don't know if I should be worried. I have had other dogs but never paid attention to when and if they lost their teeth.
May 18, 2014 jakes mommmy1969
does drooling come with teething as my black lab will be 7 months in 3 days and just starting drooling like a crazy puppy, drinks lots and eats a fair bit, was wondering if drooling comes with teething for puppies or could it be something more?
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