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I, personally, would not buy a dog without dew claws, but I do performance sports, and it has been proven that dogs who run agility and other sports without dew claws have more carpus injuries and arthritis than those with intact dew claws.
That said, for the average pet dog, it probably doesn't matter that much. However, there is a BIG difference between neonate removal of dew claws, before bone is fully formed and it is quite a simple procedure, and doing it at neutering age. I don't buy into it being "painless" even as neonates... The babies DO cry when it is done, but they also get over it very quickly when returned to mom. But it is a fairly major surgery in an adolescent dog, and something I would never even consider unless it was required because of an injury.
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