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Do dewclaws have a purpose?

If you’ve ever wondered this, have you ever watched your dog hold a bone, chew or gripping a toy?

If you look you will see the dog uses the dewclaws to grip, the dewclaws act a bit like a thumb or big toe. Some breeds have double dewclaws on each hind leg.

When running on slippery surfaces the dewclaw helps stabilise the wrist joint and provide extra traction.

If a dog falls through ice he would be able to use the dewclaw for grip and pull himself out of the water.

Should Dewclaws Be Removed?

Dewclaws do have a real purpose and shouldn’t be removed only if there is a problem such as a serious injury or a disease and it would benefit the dog in doing so.


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