Dew claw scars?

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Hi all,

My girl is a 10 week old red and on each of her two front legs she has bald patches (each leg has one patch, both patches match in location, size and shape).  Is this standard?  She's our first dobe so I haven't been sure of what to make of it. 

Oh, and I've been spending a lot of time here since we got her and I wanted to say thanks for having this site here.  It's such a good resource.

Can you describe it a little more in detail. If it is a dewclaw scar it will be on the inside front legs and definitely in the same spot. The hair never grows back over these.

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If they are toward the inside of their front legs, just below where the fifth pad is, then yes they are scars from the removal of the dewclaws. After the dewclaws are clipped off, the scars will always be there, but less noticeable as she gets older.

Like any scar, they will always be there. It is normal with purebred dogs to remove them when very young. With a dog that gets the tail docked, they are normally done at that time (5-7 days).

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Thanks for your answers!  I'm bummed that she has scars like that, but I'm glad it's not anything to worry about.

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Believe me, the small scars are far preferable to dew claws. If your ever around a dog that still has them (again almost all pedigreed registered dogs have them remove) you would appreciate the small scars. There have actually been incidents of dogs being injured by catching the dew claws on something. Even when outdoors, the other four claws will wear down through contact with the ground, but not the dew claws.

Pedigreed registered dogs that do not go through the tail docking and ear cropping are most of the time taken in at around the same age, just for the removal of the dew claws.

I totally agree with this! It is awful when they are caught on something. Most breeders will recognize this and take them off at the time that the tails are done between 3 & 5 days old.