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Jessie T. Wolf
January 22nd, 2011
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From:catwoman69y2k.insanejournal.com
Date:January 23rd, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)

well, in my case, I was just asking...not accusing

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I wondered more about the dewclaw only because our malamute often chews on his. I dont know if it is some harmless habitual thing or what. I figured maybe the dewclaw removal you were speaking of might of had the purpose to combat that dewclaw-biting habit.

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From:wlfdog
Date:January 23rd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)

Re: well, in my case, I was just asking...not accusing

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Sorry, I was a bit on the defensive because people have been bugging me about it, and it's not like it was my decision. O___o

He might be chewing on it because it's an annoying hanging appendage, perhaps. The dewclaw really doesn't serve much of a purpose... dogs don't use them for anything, so removing them isn't a huge deal. Better than having them accidentally rip off when they're older. There's only one breed that I know of where the dewclaw is actually desired in the standard, and that is the Great Pyrenees. Actually, they have a double dewclaw that is purposefully bred into them. I'm not exactly sure what the reason for it is though. I knew at one point when I did some research, but I've forgotten.
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