Ask The Dog Guide: Dogs With Webbed Feet

March 6th, 2007 by Dan

Question: Do chihuahuas have webbed feet?

Answer: They do not. However, some dogs do. A somewhat complete list of those:

Akita, Brussels Griffon, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinook, Field Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Leonberger, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Otterhound, Plott Hound, Portuguese Water Dog, Redbone Coonhound, Spanish Water Dog, Weimaraner, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

You may not notice the difference between webbed and non-webbed feet without a close look. The “webbing” in this case is simply tissue that keeps the toes of these dogs more closely attached.





13 Responses to “Ask The Dog Guide: Dogs With Webbed Feet”

  1. Cheri Says:

    Does anyone have suggestions for avoiding chronic anal gland problems? We have 2 BGriffons. Our maltese hasn’t yet had a problem, but she is only 8 months old. Thanks.

  2. Claire & Dan Says:

    Cheri- we’ve responded to your question in a new blog post. Hopefully that gives you some good ideas!

  3. Ask The Dog Guide: More Webbed Feet Questions! | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] Answer: Neither of those breeds have webbed toes. In breeds who do have webbed feet, the skin between the toes is just a bit more closely attached than in breeds who don’t. It might be hard to notice unless you are doing a full foot exam on your pooch. For a semi-complete list of breeds who do have webbed feet, you can check out our previous answer to this question: Breeds With Webbed Feet [...]

  4. Ask The Dog Guide: More Webbed Feet Questions! | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] Answer: Neither of those breeds do have webbed feet, so if he does indeed have webbed toes, it is likely there is some other breed in his background as well. In breeds with webbed feet, the skin between the toes is a bit more closely attached than in breeds who don’t have this trait. It is often quite hard to notice if you don’t know what you are looking for! For a semi- complete list you can can check out this post: Breeds with Webbed Feet [...]

  5. Introducing the Plott! The 1st of the 4 New Westminster Additions! | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] Plott hounds are fearless (you’d have to be to hunt wolves, coyote and even bear!), determined and stubborn. Obedience training is needed for this breed from an early age. Being an extremely active working breed, these dogs are not ideal apartment companions and would do better with room to run and exercise. Plotts are also prone to drooling, so if you’re overly concerned about neatness, this may not be the breed for you. One other interesting fact about the Plott – they have webbed toes! [...]

  6. The Best Family Dogs - 10 Breeds For Homes With Children | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] natural ability to swim. In fact, they are so “made” for the water that the breed has webbed feet! This breed is very laid back – a true gentle giant. They are known to be easy to train (though [...]

  7. shannon Says:

    I have 2 chihuahua’s they are both purebred and registered with ckc. 1 of them does have webbed paws both front and back. The funniest thing is when she stretches you can really see the webbing.
    Hope this helps!

  8. Ask The Dog Guide: Staffordshire Bull Terrier With Webbed Feet | Dog Reflections Says:

    [...] a breed do not have excessive webbing between their toes. For more on breeds with webbed feet click here) Does your puppy have a pedigree from a reputable breeder? If so, there should be little reason to [...]

  9. margot Says:

    in response to the anal glans problem… have you tried feeding your dogs 100% pumpkin purree along with their food? From what i understand it stops them up a bit so they push harder, in turn emptying their own glands. My father and friend who had dogs going to the vet every 3 weeks to have their dogs glands emptied are now going less then every 3 months.

  10. Jack Says:

    My basset hound has webbed feet

  11. Thomas Davis Says:

    My pitbull mix appears to have web paws,could hw be part lab

  12. How to choose the best breed of dog for my family | Professional Dog Training Advice and Programs Says:

    [...] and their natural ability to swim. In fact, they are so “made” for the water that the breed has webbed feet! This breed is very laid back – a true gentle giant. They are known to be easy to train (though [...]

  13. Charlotte Says:

    Dachshunds have webbed feet…while not water dogs, they are a dog who’s name means badger hound..they were bred to dig badgers and other game out of burrows, hence the webbed footing to be able to REALLY throw that dirt sky high..

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