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Why does my dog only have four toes on his back legs?
I have a male chihuahua. My sister has 1 male & 1 female. I was clipping their nails one day and noticed both males have only four toes on their back legs and the female has five. I was just curious. Anyone know why?
Well, here's one thought...
Four toes is normal. The fifth toe, actually the first digit, is no longer functional, and if it is present is called the "dewclaw." The first digit is the equivalent of our thumb, and through evolution, the first digit of the dog virtually disappeared.
Sometimes dogs are born with the dewclaw, but owners will often have them removed when the pups are still quite young. This isn't quite the same as declawing a cat... the dewclaw most of the time isn't attached to the leg and can be snipped off without much or any bleeding and leaving virtually no open wound.
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