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How many toes do dogs have on their hind legs. My German Shepherd has 5. Is this normal?

He has one on each of the sides of his hind paws.


Asked by Member 711342 on Aug 20th 2008 in Health & Safety
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Abby

Dogs have four toes on their front and back paws.

However, a little higher up on the leg is the dew claw, which looks a little like a thumb if you have a good imagination. Some dogs are born with dew claws on their front and hind legs.

If the fifth toe you're talking about sits a little higher up, it is a dew claw. Most dogs born with them have them removed by the breeder when they are puppies or their owners opt to have them removed during spay/neuter surgery.


Abby answered on 8/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer