Cocker Spaniel Glossary: Incisors

In the realm of Cocker Spaniel dental descriptions, “Incisors” refer to the narrow-edged teeth at the front of the mouth. In Cocker Spaniels, as with most dogs, these teeth play a fundamental role in grasping and nibbling. They are the smallest teeth, neatly aligned at the forefront of the jaw, and provide insights into the dog’s overall dental health and age.


  • Front teeth primarily used for grasping and nibbling.
  • Smallest teeth in the Cocker Spaniel’s mouth.
  • Provide a snapshot of the dog’s dental health and age.
  • Essential for certain behaviors like grooming.

A Deeper Look: Incisors

Cocker Spaniels typically have six incisors on the top and six on the bottom. These teeth are the first to emerge in puppies and are also the first indicators when it comes to gauging a dog’s age. Puppies will shed their milk or baby incisors, which are replaced by permanent adult incisors by six months of age.

Beyond functional eating tasks, incisors play a significant role in behaviors like grooming. Dogs often use their incisors to nibble out mats in their fur or to remove foreign particles. The health and alignment of these teeth are also considered by veterinarians and breeders when assessing a dog’s overall dental condition.

Spotlight on the Incisors

  • Puppies begin to shed their milk incisors around 3-4 months of age.
  • A Cocker Spaniel with missing or misaligned incisors may face challenges in dog show competitions.
  • Regular dental check-ups often start with an inspection of the incisors for plaque, tartar, or signs of dental disease.
  • The wear and tear on the incisors can give insights into a dog’s habits, diet, and overall oral health.

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