my rottie pup has extra toes

by DAVID
(EDINBURGH)

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY MY 10 WEEK OLD PUP HAS 5 CLAWS ON EACH BACK PAW. THESE ARE NOT DEW CLAWS BECAUSE HE HAS A DEW CLAW AS WELL THE CLAWS ARE CONNECTED BY BONE. HE HAS BEEN VET CHECKED AND I WAS TOLD NOT TO WORRY AS THE PUPS HEALTH/LIFE WONT BE AFFECTED.

IF ANYONE HAS EXPERIENCED THIS WITH THEIR ROTTWEILER I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM THEM. HE IS A HANDSOME WEE GUY AND SEEMS TO BE HEALTHY AND HAPPY PLAYING WITH MY 18MONTH OLD BITCH.

BUT I CANT HELP FEARING THE WORST FOR HIM IN THE FUTURE. SOMEONE PLEASE PUT MY MIND AT REST...






Hi David
As far as I know, having an extra toe on the back feet is something that happens now and then, a minor birth defect but nothing to worry about.

It's not confined to any one breed and can happen to any puppy. It is different to the dewclaws, although some breeds do occasionally have 2 dew claws.

As long as your puppy is healthy and happy and your veterinarian isn't worried, then I would advise that you don't need to worry either. I have never heard of extra toes being linked to any kind of illnesses or health conditions that could cause serious problems. However, of course your own vet is your best source of information and advice.

If anyone reading this can help put David's mind at rest please feel free to jump in by using the 'comments' feature below.

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I have a rott that has 7 toes on each back foot and is as healthy as can be!!! He is a little over a yr.and is huge!! He loves to play ,eat and go swimming!!!! He is very loving and I hope one day he will grow in to his feet!!!!

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Extra toes better than extra nose NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

The 5th toe (in addition to the dew claw) is a genetic defect that happens every now and then with Rottweilers. GSDs and other breeds are predisposed to having them as well. There shouldn’t be a problem with it as long as you keep the nail trimmed as you would the other nails. If you show the dog is may be considered a fault.

Most COE breeders will have the dew claws removed at about 3 days old (when tails are docked) for two reasons:

1st the AKC Breed Standard specifically states rear dew claws must be removed. If they aren’t it’s considered a fault. If you’re not showing your boy it’s no big deal.

2nd (and more importantly)is that for some unknown reason dew claws seem to grow faster than the regular claws on the feet. If not trimmed, the dew claw can get hung up on something and be physically ripped from the leg, causing much pain, bleeding and an emergency visit to the vet. At a local shelter I saw a dog with a rear dew claw neglected (untrimmed) to the point where it had curled up into the “meat” of the leg. This resulted in a lame dog that required surgery to amputate the dew claw. A local vet was generous enough to do the surgery for free!

Bottom line is I wouldn’t be worried about the extra toe on the foot, but keep those dew claws trimmed! If you plan on having your dog fixed, that would be the ideal time to have the extra toe removed if it starts causing problems. It would also be an excellent time to have the rear dew claws removed if you’re having trouble keeping up with trimming or they start to curl in and cause your boy problems.

Jan 20, 2012
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Extra toes better than extra nose NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

The 5th toe (in addition to the dew claw) is a genetic defect that happens every now and then with Rottweilers. GSDs and other breeds are predisposed to having them as well. There shouldn’t be a problem with it as long as you keep the nail trimmed as you would the other nails. If you show the dog is may be considered a fault.

Most COE breeders will have the dew claws removed at about 3 days old (when tails are docked) for two reasons:

1st the AKC Breed Standard specifically states rear dew claws must be removed. If they aren’t it’s considered a fault. If you’re not showing your boy it’s no big deal.

2nd (and more importantly)is that for some unknown reason dew claws seem to grow faster than the regular claws on the feet. If not trimmed, the dew claw can get hung up on something and be physically ripped from the leg, causing much pain, bleeding and an emergency visit to the vet. At a local shelter I saw a dog with a rear dew claw neglected (untrimmed) to the point where it had curled up into the “meat” of the leg. This resulted in a lame dog that required surgery to amputate the dew claw. A local vet was generous enough to do the surgery for free!

Bottom line is I wouldn’t be worried about the extra toe on the foot, but keep those dew claws trimmed! If you plan on having your dog fixed, that would be the ideal time to have the extra toe removed if it starts causing problems. It would also be an excellent time to have the rear dew claws removed if you’re having trouble keeping up with trimming or they start to curl in and cause your boy problems.

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