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View Poll Results: Does your golden have it's dew claws?
Yes, still has them. 50 69.44%
Nope, not there. 14 19.44%
Yes, but not by my choice. 3 4.17%
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:21 PM
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Does your pup have dew claws?

Does your pup/dog have dew claws? If you breed, do you have them removed just after birth?

Why or why not?
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:22 PM
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I'm not sure if you mean front or rear, but my labs don't have any dewclaws (on front or rear) not sure if they were born without them in the front or not.

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.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:24 PM
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I did not know that some breeds had dew claws on the back. I've only known about the ones on the front paws.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:27 PM
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Mosby's breeder has the dewclaws removed before sending the puppies home (not sure at exactly what age) - I think from her perspective it's a safety thing, since she breeds dogs with the purpose of being used for hunting/field work, and she feels its easy for them to get caught in something/ripped off while out working. It wasn't something that mattered to me either way when looking for a puppy.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:28 PM
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Are those the ones way high up on their leg? Or the ones by the thumb area?


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Old 01-09-2013, 01:38 PM
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Jordan still has hers, I asked the breeder NOT to remove them. JOY and Morgan's (both rescues) had been done. Poor JOY looked like someone used toenail clippers on her
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:40 PM
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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.
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Used to be breeders would remove dewclaws from Goldens, but not so much anymore. Goldens only have front dewclaws, other breeds such as the Great Py's and a few others have rear ones. Dewclaws on our Goldens help a lot with them being able to turn on a dime.

Fiona cracked up hers once but she is a nut digging for tasty Meadow Voles.

My first girl I found dumped in a parking lot was missing them.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:50 PM
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Arth and Bertie have theirs. Jackie doesn't.

Only 2 of all our dogs had them removed. The rest had/have them. No issues either way.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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I find that most breeders are choosing to leave the front ones on and of course taking the rear ones off (unless they are required to be on). I wish my labs had their front ones, it just looks a little odd without them, especially with the short coat. I don't usually see too many issues with the dewclaw being torn. Just this past month we have had a few broken toenails and only one has been a dewclaw. I think they definitely have more benefit than harm.

But yes breeds like the great pyr's are required to have rear dewclaws. Not just that, they have to be double rear dewclaws. Very odd.

Occasionally I do see dogs with rear dewclaws at work- mostly mixes and things that weren't done a few days after birth. Most people elect to take those off at the time of neuter. Now those are definitely prone to tear and get caught on things. They are very dangly.
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