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Posted: 10/6/2007 12:22:12 PM EST
Buddy of mine picked up a pup about a year ago. The dog appears to be pidgeon toed. It's back paws splay outward about 30 degrees. He said the father was the same way. Is this a defect or normal for this breed. Does it have any health implications?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:45:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2007 1:48:38 AM EST by SevenMaryThree]
Pics? I've neer run across a GSP with club foot / pigeon toe.

Most common congenital abnormalities in the GSPs are:

Lymphedema
Subaortic stenosis
Everted nictitating membrane
Amaurotic idiocy
Pannus
Thrombocytopathy
Von Willebrand's disease
Malocclusion
Entropion
Fibrosarcoma
Melanoma
Pseudohermaphroditism
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:36:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 2:39:13 PM EST by platz2]
In dogs it's called being "cow-hocked". It's passed on genetically. It can, not always, but can cause hip/movement problems later on in very active (i.e. hunting) dogs.

ETA:

Positions other than vertical overload the joints and the sole of the foot (on the side where the departure from vertical occurs). This leads to premature fatigue in the joints, tendons and various ligaments (a particularly severe handicap for working dogs). Stance is thus of more than purely theoretical and aesthetic interest.
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