Rhodesian Ridgeback Question

I have seen where the breeder says the dewclaws have been removed. Where are they located and...


I have seen where the breeder says the dewclaws have been removed. Where are they located and why the need to remove? thanks Larry

    In Rhodesian Ridgeback - Asked by Anonymous - 2/13/2011 9:58:14 PM
on the side of the paw's
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/15/2011 1:14:37 PM


The dewclaws are the fifth claw on the front paws.They are located on the side of the paw. They are generally removed because they do no good for the dog, and it catches on things so it would cause pain, either the dogs, or the persons. Also, they might also 'dangle' or 'hang'. One of my dogs didn't have it removed, and it gave me a cut 5 inches long and one deep, so I think removing it is a good thing. Also, some dogs have dewclaws on front and back, and maybe even 'double dew claws'.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/2/2011 7:01:44 PM


Nothing "needs" to be removed. My RR girl uses her front dews for holding onto bones and things. And it is said they are used in hard cornering. The rears I believe are just left over from another time and will slowly fade away in 10,000 years.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/13/2011 10:40:18 PM


My RR mix has his dewclaws still, seeing he was full grown when we got him I decided to just leave them, we dremel his nails including his dewclaws so the won't snag on anything, works really well, and he seems to use them to hold onto things he is chewing, maybe he thinks he has thumbs!!
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/20/2011 12:46:16 AM