I was wondering if people usually have the dew claws removed on mastiffs. I have had four mastiffs and none have had their dew claws removed, but they are difficult to keep trim. I could not find anything on the AKC website that says they should be removed or left. I am looking to start showing and want to make sure I am getting the accurate information. Thanks, for the information.
That's what mentors are for honestly. Breeder you bought your dog from should be full of useful show knowledge and be willing to help you get started in the conformation ring.
Should also be willing to tell you what faults your dog has and what good points your dog has and have sold you a prospect that so far adheres to the standard.. which would include whether dews stay or go..
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The medical reason for removing dew claws is to prevent the possibility of the dew claws getting hung up and something and ripped off. There is an artery that runs to the dew claws so you will have a squirter on your hands!
Normally, the back dew claws cause the most worry for it accidently getting snagged and ripped off. My German Shepherd didn't have dew claws on his back legs, but he did on his front. I never had a problem, but that was because the bone was short and it laid close to his skin. His dew claws helped him when he needed to scratch his face. If he had hind dew claws I would have had them removed.
If you aren't showing your dogs and are concerned about this possibility, then I would just have them removed. Obviously, if you are showing the dog, I would ask the breeder before you did anything. I know for the Beauceron (sp?) that they must have double dew claws on all fours. So, that would be a fault to have them removed.
Some breeds are SUPPOSED to have dew claws. I don't know about a mastiff but I know some of those draftier breeds it is preferred they stay on as it did something to help them get better hold of the intruders and/or better grip in mountainous area's. Dew claws also make a leg bone appear a little heavier which for a draft breed could be helpful in the show ring as long as they are allowed.
If it states they should be removed, but are not listed as a disqualification, then you can show with them, just clip them very short so that they are less noticeable.
However, I do believe the dews should come off on Mastiffs. In fact, we recently had an inicdent with dewclaws on a dog we got from another breeder who does not remove them. It turned into an eye surgery because of the dews.........always best and safest to remove unless it is against standard such as a pyrs double dews in the rears legs....those must exist to be in standard.