|Barked: Tue Nov 6, '07 6:08am PST |
|In rereading early posts I'm surprised at one post stating thatt dewclaws reach the ground and get wear????? and that they affect the dogs ability to turn etc.
I wonder if there's some confusion on the definition of "dewclaw" and wonder if we're all referring to the same thing.
In my experience, the dewclaw is on the dogs' WRIST, above the foot.. In 17 years of grooming, and over 35 years of dog ownership, I have NEVER seen a dog with dewclaws that receive wear with the rest of the foot... even in horribly neglected dogs with badly overgrown nails, coat, etc. etc.
They survive from the original canine who looked nothing at all like our present dog, had 5 toes and was fairly short legged. As the dog evolved, it no longer required 5 toes... but that extra one is still part of the "genetic programme".
As other posters had indicated, MANY dogs are born without them........and have no mobility issues whatsoever. Indeed, a good number of successful agility dogs where either born without them, or had them removed as pups... Most breeders will remove them before the age of 3 days when a puppies pain receptors aren't yet fully developed.
Not a big deal perhaps, but on a learning forum, I'd be concerned about "newbies" being misinformed.... unless, of course, *I'm* the one who's confused (it wouldn't be the first time.)
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