Originally Posted by Lilie
My boy only has the two outside toes on his back paw. I knew this when I purchased him. The bitch chewed off the toes along with the umbilical cord when he was whelped.
During the well puppy visit the vet told me he'd have 50% chance of having problems due to it. Sadly, (at three) he is totally lame on that leg. He twists his leg when he walks. So that hock points inwards. He'll have a life time of problems with his leg. We have to keep him lean and he has a weak hind end.
He did not limp at all as a young pup. It wasn't until he was 6 months did he begin walking 'gimpy'.
If the pup limps at all you can not compete in any AKC events. Most events will pull you if they can visually see a limp.
Having said all that - my dog only has two toes. Much different than your pup. It may not ever have a noticable irregular gait. I felt I needed to make you aware of what could happen.
Thank you for the feedback, I guess time will tell. Should we do an xray at the vet? or just deal with it for not since that will not really change anything?