11-10-2010, 05:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
One of my dogs still has her dew claws (front) and they are very much functional "thumbs" so I"m glad she still has them. I trim the nail on the dew claws just like the other nails, as needed.
Our other dog had his dew claws removed by the breeder at a couple of days old. Although removal as pups is common practice with hunting dogs, I don't believe it is necessary. And I notice our female uses her dew claws to hold things (bones, toys) so if I had a choice, I would leave them there, so long as they are nice and firmly attached.
I've also seen dangling dew claws before on dogs, (especially on back legs) and those seem to me to be better off removed (if its easy during neuter surgery) as they are not functional and could get caught on something.