Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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All of my dogs have their dew claws still, and the only reason I'd remove them is if the dog was having a problem like Quincy did. Even then, I'd talk to my vet about the ability to heal vs. removal.
A local agility trainer asks that we not even consider doing agility if the dew claws are removed because they help the dog when running corners.
In Europe, dew claws are not removed and I believe that tail docking and ear cropping are not allowed anymore either. Since the U.S. appears to be moving in the same direction of not allowing ear cropping and tail docking (slowly), I suspect we'll see fewer and fewer dogs with dew claws removed in the future.
By the way, it is very interesting to see Standard Poodles out in the ring with full tails. We've been so conditioned to docked tails for years that the first time I saw a long tail on a SP, I had to do a double take.