Dew claws on back feet?

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  1. iheartsammy

    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    My mom was having a potluck party yesterday and one of her friends brought over their dog. I think they said she was a coonhound. Anyway, I noticed she had dew claws on her back feet. :confused: Is this just a mutation or what? One of the people said it was normal in the breed, but I'm not really sure why it would be...?
     
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    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    lots of dogs have dewclaws.. some are removed, some are left on, some have double dewclaws, and some are born without them (Chloe was born without them on her back legs, but she has front ones)
     
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    I've known a doxie and a St Bernard with back dew claws. Both of mine were born with only front ones, which they still have.
     
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    We have a dog here with dewclaws on the back - doubles, I believe.

    None of my crew have them... I hadn't seen it until recently here in the forum. (The member - can't remember her name - posted pictures of them).
     
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    Really? I really haven't met any dogs with back dew claws(or I just haven't noticed them lol) My dogs don't have back ones(obviously =P) So I guess I just assumed it was abnormal to have them on the back feet..
     
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    Briards, Beacerons and Great Pyrs have double dew claws on their rear feet. It's a fault if they don't have them.

    As far as single rear dew claws, I don't think it's a mutation. It's just something that happens every once in a while, I believe.
     
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    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    Well I'll be a monkey's uncle..erm..aunt..I had no idea! *palm-to-face*
     
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    Bella had one rear dew claw, it was removed when she was spayed because it was very awkward and we were afraid she would tear it.
     
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    this is the back legs of one of the males that I am "fostering" untill I find his owner. (or possible rehoming) He has double dews.

    Mandie
     
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    I've only nown Beaucerons with hind dewclaws and the owners leave trhem, must be the way they're supposed to be. Some breeds that are born with them will have them removed.
     
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    I met a borzoi with back dewclaws last weekend. The breeder was talking about having them removed. Strider doesn't have them, but I don't know if he was born with them and they were taken off? Or if he just never had them? Oh well. He still has his front dews.
     
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    Pit had a dew claw on one of his hind feet. It was removed with his front dew claws when still at the breeder's though.

    I used to sit a lab with a dew claw on her hind foot as well. It was extremely loose and would get caught in blankets all the time.
     
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    Wow... I'd never heard of rear dew claws OR double dew claws. Weird! I learn something every day, I tell ya!

    All the dogs I've ever had have only had the front ones.
     
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    Ollie has front only .
     
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    My mom had a Newfoundland mix and he had like 2 or 3 on each back leg. I think they are faulted if they do not have dewclaws on the rear.

    I did go look at Lily and Lacey...Lily only has front ones, and Lacey "had" front ones but they've been removed, you can see where they were though.
     
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    Nick has rear dewclaws and they're so wierd.:p

    Little floppy things just waiting to get caught on stuff. There's no bone in them like his front ones. Just some bit of tendon and skin.

    I will be getting them removed...eventually. :D

    Both Tia and Nick have front dewclaws which are fine. I just keep them trimmed short so they don't snag.

    Sometimes Nick chews his rear ones and pulls them until they snap back like rubber bands...ew, ick. :eek:
     
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    I've seen more cases of double rear dew claws than single ones, and I've only seen 2 or 3 that were attached.

    But I know one of the myths is that rear dew claws is the sign of a purebred. We get all kinds of happy people that enjoy explaining that one to us.:rolleyes:
     
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    I have one male who throws rear dew claws in every litter, though he doesn't have them himself. Most of the pups have them on both back legs, a few will only have one leg with a rear dew claw. His pups usually have dew claws that are just an appendage of skin with the pad & nail, but no bone. Not fun to clip them, they bleed terribly (the ones w/o bone) so I usually just leave the rear ones on and suggest the owner's Vet clip them off during their s/n.
     
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    my vet told me:
    all dogs have front dew claws
    but only aprox 50% have rear (except in certain breeds)

    this was when i took vixies litter in for dewie removal 2 of the pups just had front...2 of the pups had front and back...
    dodger had front and rear and i had his rear removed at his neuter because they were extreemly loose and kept catching on everything...
    vixie has no dewies as all were removed at 3 days old, i dont know if she had rears...

    its aparently very common, its just most breeders (in breeds that dewclaws are not required) have at least any rear dewclaws removed at only a few days old because they can be risky...
     
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    I see them all the time at my job at the vets office. U sually owners don't even notice that they are there and their nails end up growing too long.
     

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