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Old July 7th 03, 05:45 PM
Suja
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This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer
online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that are born with dew
claws on their rear legs? I'm asking because my friend's foster dog
(GSD) has dew claws on her rear legs, and this is the first time I've
ever noticed them on a dog. I realize that they are removed at birth in
some breeds, but I don't remember ever seeing them on even the many
mixed breed dogs I've met.

Suja

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Old July 7th 03, 05:59 PM
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Suja typed:
This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the
answer online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that
are born with dew claws on their rear legs?


yep. some breed standards require rear dew claws. and, IIRC,
some (Briards?) have double rear dew claws.

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Old July 7th 03, 06:06 PM
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Suja wrote:
This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer
online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that are born with dew
claws on their rear legs?


Yep. The breed standards for Briards and Great Pyrenees require
them, as does the standard for the Beauceron (a French herding
breed related to the Briard). It's a form of polydactyly (more
than the usual number of fingers and/or toes). It's inherited
through a dominant gene with variable penetrance, so it only
takes one parent who carries the gene to produce puppies with
this trait--but that parent may or may not express that trait
themselves.

For more information:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/corine.lundqvist/polydogs.html

Dianne
(& Patience Briard, who has double front dewclaws
as well as doubles in the rear)
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Old July 7th 03, 06:13 PM
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Suja typed:

That was my understanding of it as well. However, I am yet
to meet a GSD with rear dew claws, and am wondering if
maybe she's mixed with something else. Doesn't look it,
though (http://www.shepherdrescue.org/pages/bunny1.html -
she's a pretty dog, the pictures are just horrid).


she's beautiful (whatta face!). i'm not a GSD person, but she
sure looks purebred to me. i don't know how uncommon rear dew
claws are in GSDs, but i suppose anything is possible. i
wouldn't assume that just because she has them she's *not*
purebred.

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Old July 7th 03, 06:18 PM
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"Suja" wrote in message
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This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer
online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that are born with dew
claws on their rear legs? I'm asking because my friend's foster dog
(GSD) has dew claws on her rear legs, and this is the first time I've
ever noticed them on a dog. I realize that they are removed at birth in
some breeds, but I don't remember ever seeing them on even the many
mixed breed dogs I've met.


Rear dewclaws are pretty common, and I'm almost positive GSD can have them -
I can't say for sure but I believe the pop up in all dog breeds. My collie
mix Dakota has big, loose, ugly ones in the rear, and I know why they remove
them at birth!
Bunny looks purebred to me - can't see anything but GSD there.

Christy


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Old July 7th 03, 07:25 PM
dianne marie schoenberg
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Suja wrote:
Interesting. I had no idea about all this double dewclaw stuff. Now,
is there a practical reason for a breed standard to require it?


I can't speak to breeds other than Briards. I actually have a
copy of a book from the 1920s back when the big controversy
in the breed was whether or not to require them. Those arguing
that position held that it was traditional for herding dogs to
have them and that they could potentially provide the foot
with more traction (only if they touch the ground, obviously,
which I've not seen often but does sometime occur).

Are the doubles any less prone to getting hurt than the single?


Our rear dewclaws (well, our dogs', actually *g*) are unlike
the rear dewclaws I've heard of in other breeds. They are very
tight to the hind leg and contain bone. Our dogs seem to rarely
suffer dewclaw injuries (my first Briard never had one; Patience
sprained one once, but that was a front dewclaw, not a rear one).
I suspect that a lot of that is that our dogs were bred to work
in fields and not heavy brush--I don't have a problem with
removing them in breeds that don't require them.

JFWIW,

Dianne
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Old July 7th 03, 08:40 PM
Ivana M.
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"dianne marie schoenberg" wrote in message
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Suja wrote:
This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer
online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that are born with dew
claws on their rear legs?


Yep. The breed standards for Briards and Great Pyrenees require
them, as does the standard for the Beauceron (a French herding
breed related to the Briard). It's a form of polydactyly (more
than the usual number of fingers and/or toes). It's inherited
through a dominant gene with variable penetrance, so it only
takes one parent who carries the gene to produce puppies with
this trait--but that parent may or may not express that trait
themselves.


There is the horror story of this briard owner an the vet who said "these
dew claws have to be removed if you want to show the dog..."

On the other, merrier, paw, most dogs that work by running, bird dogs,
hounds, terriers have the standards that asks for no dew claws. Some never
have them (I remember I had red somewhere that there was a Greyhound pup
with dewclaws only once ever in the history of the breed), some have them
removed on the day 1. I do not know what happens in Germany where law bans
removing?

--
Ivana Marinkovic |"After the first four years
Zagreb, Croatia | the dirt does not get any worse."
Http://www.iridis.com/ivanam | --Quentin Crisp


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Old July 7th 03, 11:45 PM
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My friend had a GSD with them. They were big and ugly too.


"Christy" wrote in message
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"Suja" wrote in message
...

This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer
online. Are there particular breeds of dogs that are born with dew
claws on their rear legs? I'm asking because my friend's foster dog
(GSD) has dew claws on her rear legs, and this is the first time I've
ever noticed them on a dog. I realize that they are removed at birth in
some breeds, but I don't remember ever seeing them on even the many
mixed breed dogs I've met.


Rear dewclaws are pretty common, and I'm almost positive GSD can have

them -
I can't say for sure but I believe the pop up in all dog breeds. My collie
mix Dakota has big, loose, ugly ones in the rear, and I know why they

remove
them at birth!
Bunny looks purebred to me - can't see anything but GSD there.

Christy




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Old July 8th 03, 12:27 AM
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"dianne marie schoenberg" wrote in message
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Suja wrote:
Interesting. I had no idea about all this double dewclaw stuff. Now,
is there a practical reason for a breed standard to require it?


I can't speak to breeds other than Briards. I actually have a
copy of a book from the 1920s back when the big controversy
in the breed was whether or not to require them. Those arguing
that position held that it was traditional for herding dogs to
have them and that they could potentially provide the foot
with more traction (only if they touch the ground, obviously,
which I've not seen often but does sometime occur).


I know that Belgians are sometimes born with them, but AKC standard
requires their removal. I don't remember if Bodhi had them or
not (or if his breeder mentioned it). Coda doesn't have any,
and I don't know if he ever did, but I don't think so. I have
seen litters of Shelties, ACDs, Aussies, JRTs, and something
else (racking my brain, but I can't remember right now!) come
in for dewclaw removal at the vet's office.
I've seen some pretty icky ones on dogs that have overgrown,
and some icky ones that have gotten torn. We've got a Pit mix
named Chloe that kept injuring hers (she only had one), and
finally when she was spayed they removed it too. Same goes
for my friend's GSD/Rottie/hound mix.
Shelly & The Boys

Are the doubles any less prone to getting hurt than the single?


Our rear dewclaws (well, our dogs', actually *g*) are unlike
the rear dewclaws I've heard of in other breeds. They are very
tight to the hind leg and contain bone. Our dogs seem to rarely
suffer dewclaw injuries (my first Briard never had one; Patience
sprained one once, but that was a front dewclaw, not a rear one).
I suspect that a lot of that is that our dogs were bred to work
in fields and not heavy brush--I don't have a problem with
removing them in breeds that don't require them.

JFWIW,

Dianne



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Old July 8th 03, 06:51 PM
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When the ancient war dogs did battle on Mon, 07 Jul 2003 13:07:39
-0400, Suja did speak the following bit of
wisdom:

That was my understanding of it as well. However, I am yet to meet a
GSD with rear dew claws, and am wondering if maybe she's mixed with
something else.


Rear dew claws happen in lots of dogs and breeds of all varieties.
GSDs are one of the breeds where front dew claws are traditionally
left on. But if a pup happens to be born with rear dew claws, they are
just snipped off at birth. No biggie...

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