A dewclaw is a small claw that is on the side of the dog's paw. It is in about the same place as our human thumbs. Some puppies have them on the front paws only and others have them on all four.

Some breeders routinely remove these claws but we have decided against doing this on our puppies.

The practice of removing these was most often used in the sporting breeds because they would have a higher chance of tearing them or catching them on something while running through thick brush during a hunt.

Because most Goldendoodles have hair that covers these dewclaws and because most Goldendoodles are not running loose through fields and bounding over wire fences while hunting - we feel removing them is an unnecessary thing.

The removal actually takes place when the puppy is only about two days old! The procedure basically amounts to cutting off a two day olds thumb with a sharp instrument with NO ANESTHESIA.