Teeth. Every rabbit has them. They are something that people don't think about when owning or buying a rabbit. Well teeth are very important to a rabbit. It is how they eat, without food they will die. Now why am I writing about rabbit teeth? We know they need them to eat, so what? Well before you buy a rabbit the teeth are something you need to consider. A rabbit's teeth should be even and straight. If you look into a rabbit's mouth and notice that the teeth are curved, one longer than the other, or crooked (more about this one topic in a second) then you have a problem. These problems cause problems for your fluff butt. They may not be able to eat properly due to bad teeth. The teeth could curve up (or keep growing down) and actually cut into the rabbit causing serious injury, infection, and eventually death.
Now crooked teeth. I would caution on judging crooked teeth. I have some buns who chew on the wire on their cages and the teeth wear crooked because of it. I know they are caused by this because I check teeth all the time and the teeth were straight once upon a time. If you are looking at getting a but who's teeth are crooked then ask the breeder. They should have an idea if the bunny has been chewing on the wire or not. If the breeder has no idea, I'd be leery about buying from them due to not knowing what their bunnies do and possibly not inspecting them regularly.
With that said, if you are buying a rabbit and you don't happen to check their teeth at the time of purchase, but you notice when you get home PLEASE CONTACT THE BREEDER. A responsible breeder shouldn't be trying to sell a rabbit with bad teeth, if they are or you had arrangements to get a specific bunny and it ended up with bad teeth, the breeder should disclose any health issues including teeth and leave the decision up to you on if you would like to proceed on purchasing the rabbit or choose a different rabbit or breeder.
As a breeder we need to make sure we are selling nothing short of excellent bunnies. This includes health and teeth. Bad teeth can be managed, but why give a new owner anything other than excellent. Your name is attached to that rabbit and you don't want to be known for selling bad rabbits. So what do you do with bad teeth that you shouldn't sell. Well that's honestly up to you. If the teeth are so bad that they risk harm to the rabbit, like cutting into their mouth or they can't eat, you may decide that the most humane thing to do is cull the rabbit. It's okay if this is your decision. If they have a crooked tooth that doesn't inhibit their eating or way of life, then you can keep it but make sure you don't breed it. Bad teeth produce babies with bad teeth. Don't spread bad teeth! Again your name is attached to these rabbits, you don't want to be known as the breeder with bad teeth.
I had this happen to me twice here at Samollynn. I had someone ready to meet me to pick up a beautiful blue eyed white girl. So I cleaned her up and made her all pretty and did a tooth check. I've never had to deal with bad teeth with my angoras, so it wasn't even a thought. But as I had her on her back I noticed something off with her mouth. So I looked at her teeth and sure enough her teeth were crooked and one was infront of the other. I was mortified. I contacted the customer immediatly and they chose to get a bunny somewhere else. I obviously understood.
Then again today, I had someone meeting me to see the bunnies I have available. I have a beautiful chocolate chinchilla, but his teeth are aweful, so unfortunatly he's not able to be sold. It's the reality of breeding. But we as breeders need to be wise and honest with people when we happen to miss a bunny with bad teeth and not just say sure you can have this bunny and give the new owner a huge problem that could end up costing them a ton of money or their rabbit.
I am Amanda Fontaine, I run Samollynn Angoras and have been doing so for about five years now. I hope to spread not only the lovely fiber that they share with me, but the knowledge that I have learned over the years from others, and my own experience.