My girlfriend & I are watching my parents yellow lab for the week. We own a chocolate Labrador that we
adopted from animal services. While playing with them today we noticed that our chocolate lab only has
4 back toes on each foot and max has five. He's missing a whole toe on each foot not just the nail. Could
this be something he was born with or did his previous owners have them removed? If they were removed
why would that procedure be performed. Any help I can get regarding this matter is greatly appreciated
I've only rarely ever seen rear dew claws on a Lab. Mine here only have 4 toes on rear feet... Maybe Max is an overachiever????????
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
rear dewclaws are rarely seen except in certain breeds - great pyrenees, berceron, and icelandic sheepdog, might be others. Some vets will remove rear dewclaws on mix breeds - they are often loose and floppy and easily torn.
Hmmm. Crash had rear dewclaws. I noticed them on the way home with him in my lap. Our vet did remove them.Originally Posted by kaytris
Might be a clue there to what his "other half" really was. We know the Rottweiler/Pit part. Dad was a mystery man.
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever
I think rear dewclaws can pop up as mutations occasionally in any breed...