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sgriffin

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I am new to this forum and to the breed so, please forgive my negligence.  I have always loved the breed and this weekend, I fell in love with a mastiff mix (maybe a lab).  I was told he is 2 years old (although I think he might be a bit younger).  His previous owners gave him up because "he was too big to cuddle with."  He has some anxiety and is a bit timid which I think is due to the previous owner having a heavy hand and maybe neglecting the sweet boy.

Anyways, to my question..... I noticed that he is missing 2 lower incisors on the bottom and have also noticed that his incisors (top and bottom) are rather small.  Is the small teeth thing normal for Mastiffs?

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His incisors' size looks normal IMO (there is the hint of knobs where two incisors should be--probably born with that mutation). 

I failed to say that he MAY be younger than you think, too. His adult teeth may still be growing. Adult incisors begin growing at 4 months old; the molars later on. Even at ten months old, I've noticed that the teeth are still maturing. And, his skull & mandible will continue to grow until he's three years old or so.

Those missing incisors won't slow him down when he's eating. I soak all of my dogs' dry dog food for ten minutes, anyway; to make it easier for them to digest it.

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Thank you for that!

He is still getting used to everything at the house and, getting over his anxiety but, he does not appear to have "puppy energy."  I am a bit perplexed as to how old he actually is.  I know he was put in the pound in November (7 months ago) and was with a foster family for a week prior to me getting him this weekend.  Due to his curiosity/lack of being able to focus and his lack of training, I am thinking he is somewhere around 18 months.... old enough to not have the puppy energy but young enough to still be growing and have no attention span? Either way, we have a lot of training that needs to be done and a lot of confidence that needs to be built!
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