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OK what Puddles described is "dropped incisors" where the middle two bottom incisors lean forward. That is VERY COMMON in goldens, and other breeds, and is not addressed in our standard. I would say you find it more common than not. The problem starts when those two lower teeth lean so far out they are now undershot to the upper incisors. Again, this is NOT an underbite, but it's going to make judges think. Don't make judges think.
I have found that the lines with missing teeth are FIELD LINES. Holy crap. If you can find a field trial bred Golden with all it's teeth, good on ya. It is rampant. But is it important? Certainly doesn't stop them from picking up a duck...
I'm sure there are conformation lines that are prone to missing teeth, I do not know them specifically. Luckily I've yet to have a dog with missing teeth. Yet a friend of mine X-rays every puppy at 8 weeks to see if they are missing adult teeth...yes, you can see their adult teeth in their skull at 8 weeks! You do see the occasional show dog with a missing tooth, typically a premolar.
OFA now offers a Dentition "clearance." Basically your vet fills out a form to confirm the dog has all of its teeth, and you mail it into OFA. At first I thought it was a little silly, but now owning a stud dog I could see that it would put to rest any rumor that your dog had missing teeth.
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