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View Poll Results: Does your golden have it's dew claws?
Yes, still has them. 53 69.74%
Nope, not there. 14 18.42%
Yes, but not by my choice. 4 5.26%
No, but not by my choice. 1 1.32%
Other (because there always have to be an other) - Please explain. 4 5.26%
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Looking at the pyrs at a recent show - those rear dews are hideous. >.< Especially since they leave the fur long around it so it kinda spikes out like the groomer missed a spot. o_O

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Looking at the pyrs at a recent show - those rear dews are hideous. >.< Especially since they leave the fur long around it so it kinda spikes out like the groomer missed a spot. o_O
I never did understand why this is in the standard for pyrs in the least bit.

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Brew has his dew claws, I don't plan on having them removed, I've seen him use them to itch his nose! :-)
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Beamer has them on the front. I definitely prefer that they have them on the front. For most breeds, they can't have any on the rear with some exceptions.
My Border Collie mix has one on each back leg - actually, one back leg has two! I've asked about having them removed but the vet wasn't too worried about it. I think his double one is a little gross, but it doesn't seem to bother him too much.

Buddy does have his front dew claws.

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http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...-dew-claw.html (Split dew claw)

well another split dew claw just happened today. Luckily it is just a split one instead of full rupture. I hope it does not need surgical removal.


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I was just asking myself this about a week ago. I made an appointment for my puppies to have them removed as I am so used to not having them. Both my Goldens do not have them. But... I changed my mind because I did not want anybody cutting on my 3 day old babies!

There are studies out now if removing dewclaws is linked to more arthritis later in life. Also, I would never remove an older puppy or Dog's dewclaw. It is a finger/thumb to them. Ouch!

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Talking to the other training people around here and very experienced breeders like Cherie Berger and so forth - they prefer to keep the dews on the dogs because they use them for getting better footing while running, turning, jumping, etc...

You can keep them from getting damaged by keeping them trimmed short.

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http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...-dew-claw.html (Split dew claw)

well another split dew claw just happened today. Luckily it is just a split one instead of full rupture. I hope it does not need surgical removal.
I saw this post- I wasn't saying it doesn't happen, of course it does. But it isn't always the dewclaw. The ones I saw this past week one was a dewclaw and the others were one of the other 4 digits on the front paws and some even on the back.

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The dew claw is higher up on the front leg. Very rarely you will see dogs with hind dew claws. They are born with them however some breeders have them removed in the first week of life. If you do it later you can face more complications.
Rose has her dew claws and I am contemplating in removing them depending on how she does in field training by the time she will be spayed. If she does good we will remove them at the same time to avoid rupture in the field. If she ends up being a house princess I will not go to the trouble of removing them.
Are you aware that having dew claws removed on an adult dog is fairly involved surgery? It is like removing a thumb. It can have a difficult time healing because the foot has very little skin to sew together at the surgery sight. I would encourage you to reconsider having them removed, or at least have a very detailed conversation with the vet about what all is involved.

They are easy to remove when the puppies are just days or weeks old because it is still cartilage and has not calcified into bone yet.

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Out of the 5 goldens i have,and have had, two had them,three did not, i prefer they do not have them.

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