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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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