I have been looking at pug puppy adds, and some adds say they have had the dew claws removed, while other adds say nothing about dew claws. What are they? And is it a good thing to have them removed or not? Any info will help thanks.
Dewclaws are like the thumb on a human. They set higher than the paw. They remove them so they don't get caught/snagged on anything. I think it depends on the breed as to remove them. I had a large (95 lb.) Shepherd/Lab mix and we removed them because they were huge and got in the way. Now Polly is small and I cannot even see her dewclaws, so I left hers alone. Some people remove them and some don't.
Way back when (when I didnt know better), I bought a GSD pup from a local couple that had the Mom & Dad on premises. This was more than 11 yrs ago, dog still had dew claws. I wasnt aware of the danger, and as the previos poster I believe it depends on the breed/size. I found out the hard way (or my poor dog did), I heard him crying out when he was in the backyard so I ran out to see what was goin on. At the time I always left his collar on, he was scratching & his dew claw got hung in the ring (the one you put the Tags on) on the collar. Thank God I was home at the time. Dog is fine now, but I immediately removed his collar & it only goes back on when it is attached to a leash. If I knew than what I know now, I w/have them removed period.
***Edited By: thumpers2u on 7/14/2006 2:34:14 PM*** Reason: *
like lovemypom said they are like the thumb on a human. that is what i tell the people interested in my pups when they ask what they are.
It all depends on what the breeder prefers. On my adult dogs, only 2 of them don't have dew claws(they came from the same breeder). The other 4 do and I trim them weekly to make sure they are short and will not get caught in anything.
My last litter of puppies i did not remove any dew claws from any of the pups and had advised the purchasers if they wanted to do so to call their vet and ask their advice, usually the ones that need to be removed are the ones that actually have a "toe" or bone in them. And this needs to be done under sedation.
I had one male puppy who had back dew claws, my vet would not remove them because he was too young to be put under sedation for that and he was sold on neuter contract and I am paying back the dewclaw removal price of that pup when he gets neutered by his new owners.
It all depends on the breed and what the breeds purpose is. It is more likely to see that dew claws will be removed on hunting breeds and working breeds.
But dew claws removed is a good thing! Good luck finding you forever family member and friend!!!
dew claws on the hind feet are useually removed, ules like with the Beaucerons and a few other breeds, some are born without them on their hind legs, but I have never had them removed from the front legs, all of my dogs had bones attached to the front ones
my chow also had double dew on her hind feet that had no bone, they just flapped there, the "breeder" did not have them removed at 3 days like normal, so I had them done when she was spayed
***Edited By: ruffian on 7/15/2006 4:29:10 AM*** Reason: add