|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Sat Jul 3, '10 12:02pm PST |
|I don't think too short is an issue. None of my poodles nails ever touch the floor, even when too long, so too short certainly wouldn't affect their gait. Splayed feet are a common problem in a lot of breeds, poodles being one. They call it "paper foot", I suspect because the foot is so flat, but that usually makes the nails even less likely to touch the ground. I know when mine are being shown the handlers grind them at a minimum weekly, and they are little nubs when I get them back, BUT... they obviously wouldn't do them that short if it affected their walking since they are being judged on that. I always keep my Frenchie's nails really short, too... in my opinion, it makes a good foot look great and Frenchie's are another breed where splayed/flat feet are a problem within the breed. And, the standard calls for short nails as well for Frenchies. On the other hand, I have seen plenty of dogs barely able to walk due to too long nails that curl under and pinch their pads. When I had labs I never trimmed their nails because they DID touch the ground and were kept worn short naturally. Soo, I would suspect it's more of a breed thing... the spayed foot is not the result of the nails being too short but rather the cause of the ugly look, and yes, dino feet is a good description!! Poodles (and Frenchie's) should have cat like feet...short toes and compact, well arched feet, not flat and splayed at all.|
Edited by author Sat Jul 3, '10 12:07pm PST
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