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Why Do Dogs Have Dewclaws?

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What do dewclaws actually do? For most dogs, these thumb-like digits serve no functional purpose, but dewclaws are still an interesting part of their evolutionary history! Over 40 million years ago, an early ancestor of the modern dog was a tree climbing cat-like animal called a Miacis. These animals had five toes to successfully scale and…

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