In the past year or two many performance and field breeders have stopped removing the dew claws, including the breeder of my 6 month old. Those that have stopped doing it are referencing the Chris Zink article.
So far she's been great when she is groomed - that is what her groomer reports back.
Past two times, though she has said that her dew claw grew more. Not sure it that is common. My 5.5 year old doesn't have his dew claws.
I've never had a dog without dew claws. They are a pain to trim but I prefer them being left on.
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Yep, did not remove dewclaws on my litter even though both of mine have no dewclaws.
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Dew claws - removal from breeder or not?
Tuco has his dew claws, honestly I'm glad he does, Im generally against removing things that were there to start, wether it be dew claws or neutering, they are there for a reason and you never know what we could be doing that scientific research hasn't shown, if there are risks to having them, be more vigilant, wether it keeping their dew claws trim or keeping extra vigilant around in heat females, don't just cut something off because there is a risk.
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We always leave our puppies dew claws on. They use them and not just for agility. When we are running the dogs out in the fields and they are running up and down the steep ravine, you can see 5 nails in the snow and not just 4.
A breeder friend also just had a terrifying experience with one of her dogs. She was out running them on their property and her boy fell thru the ice. He used his dew claws to grab hold of the ice and start pulling himself back out. He was about 1/2 way out when they got to him and were able to pull him the rest of the way out.
I have had dogs rip front nails but never had a dog rip a dew claw in 20 years of showing, training and breeding goldens.
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After reading the article and seeing that video, I would keep them. Its amazing to see the dogs use them to get out of the water. Also, seeing all those tendons and muscles in that area makes me think they would be losing a lot more than just a nail.
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Only our first dog had them, all our other dogs had theirs removed. I don't notice a difference either way...and I guess neither way would be a deal breaker for me.
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