No dew claws, is he still legit?

by Ashley Gierzak
(oxford,ohio,45056)

We purchased a sweet great Pyrenees today from a breeder with no papers as we were looking for a companion dog not a piece of paper.

He checks out on breed specifications except he had no double dew claws and while I'm not sure of exactly how big he should be at 8 weeks under all that fluff was a dog with the build of a Chihuahua.

We already love the little guy and that won't change if he's not a purebred, we have 2 amazing mutts already, but I will be fairly upset if I was lied to and paid $350 for a stretch of the truth. How big should he be at 8 weeks and does the lack of a double dew claws means he's mixed with another breed?

Comments for No dew claws, is he still legit?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 05, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Breed Standard Says Double Dewclaws A Must Have
by: Frank

The breed standard for Great Pyrenees states it must have double dewclaws. The absence of double dewclaws indicates it is not pure bred.

Conversely, the presence of double dewclaws does not guarantee that it is a pure bred Great Pry, since other breeds also have double dewclaws. All of this to say that absence of double dewclaws is evidence that your puppy is not a purebred Great Pyr.

The breed standard can be found on this site. Look on the navigation bar on the left for Breed Standard.

Regarding the weight of your puppy… our Great Pry weighed in excess of 20 pounds at 8 weeks of age. And under his coat was a miniature version of his adult body, certainly not the body of a Chihuahua by any stretch of the imagination. His adult weight was 128 pounds. Enjoy your new puppy. No doubt he has found a happy home to call his own.

Jul 05, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
don't get to wrapped up in pure breed
by: Ed New Jersey

First and foremost he is a beautiful guy. I would ask if the claws then self are missing or the whole fleashy part and the claws? Next thing is he seems to have a lot of color for a Pyrenees. Even with that being said he can still be a Pyrenees. I find it hard to believe it could not be a birth defect. If it means that much to you spend the $40 to $60 for a DNA test. I have found that every governing body has a bit different outline. Of course some things remain the same, dew claws, slight color marking and basic body styles. I was crazy about do research when I first got Beau. So I did the DNA, checked all the descriptions and even traced him back to his breeder.I found out he is all pyre and still to this day some well meaning expert will tell me he is to big, his head is to broad , or some other problem. He is all pyre but let me tell you what else he is, the best dam dog I ever had or met.breed standard is great but every dog is not meant to be a show dog. As I said he is beautiful and I promise by the time he is one or two he will be a big beautiful dog and you will have all ready got your moneys worth. Look at that puppy and ask yourself what else you need. Now when those well meaning experts question why my beau is so big or his head so broad I just say " I guess I just got lucky! And judgeing from the picture of your little baby, so did you.

Dec 30, 2020
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Dew claw
by: Anonymous

Hi I would ask breeder if they had the dew claws removed.If you still have questions I would get a DNA test done.some pet stores carry them now.

Feb 15, 2021
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Dew Claws
by: Donna

No reputable breeder would ever remove the dew claws.

No backyard/puppymill breeder would remove the dewclaws because it would cost money.

It's important to keep them trimmed along with the rest of the dog's nails.

There is a purpose to the dewclaws.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Great Pyrenees Questions.









Breaking News

  1. Neuter - Best Age?

    Mar 04, 21 08:21 AM

    I just adopted my Great Pyrenees, Leo, a few days ago. He was kept intact by his last owners and used as a stud. He will be 2 years old in May this year.

    Read More

  2. Shelby

    Mar 01, 21 11:40 AM

    ADOPTED Shelby's family sent the photos along. She is a lovely dog and a great fit for their family. Congratulations! Her story: Shelby, a big white

    Read More

  3. Highway 281

    Mar 01, 21 10:26 AM

    Three weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon we decided to drive to Red Cloud, Ne to mail a couple of letters. We were sad because we had recently lost our beloved

    Read More

  4. Incontinence and humping

    Feb 26, 21 08:32 AM

    Has anyone had issues with their female Maremma puppy at 3 months old after being house trained started wetting herself at four months all of a sudden

    Read More

  5. Howling

    Feb 22, 21 10:57 AM

    Why does my Great Pyrenees howl when my rooster crows?

    Read More

  6. Always loving, always working

    Feb 22, 21 10:30 AM

    Samson was added to our family 15 months ago he’s not only growing in style and grace he’s growing in beauty as well. But, when you first meet Samson

    Read More

  7. Love this story

    Feb 16, 21 03:56 PM

    I have had a Great Pyrenees for the last 34 yrs. Not a “working” dog except in my home. Trust them with my life and I too, would do anything for them.

    Read More

  8. Cold - 6-week old pup outside in room

    Feb 16, 21 01:28 PM

    Its currently 36°F here outside in texas. I have a 6 week old GD pup. He is sleeping in a little room outside so its technically cold too. I go check up

    Read More