How Many Teeth Do Golden Retrievers Have?

How Many Teeth Do Golden Retrievers Have?

Golden Retrievers are one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world. They are known for their friendly demeanor, intelligence, loyalty, and beautiful golden coat. But have you ever wondered how many teeth they have? In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know about a Golden Retriever’s teeth.

How Many Teeth Do Golden Retrievers Have?

Adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth that develop after losing their baby teeth or deciduous teeth at around four months old. A Golden Retriever puppy has 28 deciduous or baby teeth that start erupting at around three weeks old until they fall off between the ages of four to six months when adult dentition replaces them.

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The adult dental formula for a typical canine is I3/3 C1/1 P4/4 M2/3 which means they have:

  • Three incisors on each side of both jaws
  • One canine tooth on each side of both jaws
  • Four premolars on each side of upper jaw
  • Four molars on each side of lower jaw (but only three in the upper)

Because Goldens are large breed dogs with big mouths, it can be challenging to count all their pearly whites without proper training. However, owners should regularly check their dog’s gums and mouth as part of good oral hygiene practices.

The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene For Your Dog

As responsible pet owners, we should make sure our furry friends receive proper dental care throughout their life stages. Neglecting your pup’s oral health can result in periodontal disease or gum infections caused by bacteria build-up leading to bad breath and other complications such as bone loss from underlining support structures causing pain while eating if left untreated.

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Brushing your dog’s teeth daily using special toothpaste formulated for pets is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup resulting in tartar formation—the primary cause of gum disease. You can also provide them with dental chews, bones or toys designed to clean teeth naturally while chewing.

Signs Of Dental Problems In Golden Retrievers

It is essential to check your dog’s mouth and gums regularly for any signs of potential oral health issues. Here are some warning signs that may indicate something is wrong:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty eating, chewing or swallowing food
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Discolored teeth or dark spots on the surface indicating tooth decay.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit a veterinarian who will perform an exam and recommend appropriate treatment based on their findings.


Golden Retrievers have 42 permanent teeth as adults after losing their baby dentition at around four months old when adult dentition starts replacing them. As pet owners, we should be diligent about our pet’s oral hygiene by brushing their teeth daily using special toothpaste formulated for pets and encouraging natural cleaning through chew toys and treats specifically designed for this purpose.

Finally, paying attention to warning signs such as bad breath, excessive drooling, changes in eating habits can help us identify early onset dental problems before they become more serious complications requiring costly treatments later in life. Remember: prevention is always better than cure!

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