Look closely at a dog’s feet. You will see that each toe is connected with a thin membrane. Most of us ignore it as normal. And, while that’s true for most dogs, it may be a problem for a few.
The membrane that you see between the toes is called webbing and is pretty common. It has practical purposes such as swimming. Typically, dogs that have webbed feet are better swimmers than dogs that don’t.
Some breeds, however, do not have webbed feet, and this is where the confusion arises. Many also mistake connective tissue as webbed feet. We end up wondering if this particular dog breed usually has feet like this or if it is an anomaly. We have received multiple questions regarding Pitbull dogs in particular under this topic, and that is why we decided to give you a clear, detailed answer. Please keep reading.
Identifying webbed feet
Being able to tell whether they are webbed feet or if it is just connective tissue is very important. If you identify it wrong, you may end up worrying for no good reason. So, here’s a tip that will help. Compare the feet to a duck’s feet. If you see a resemblance, then they are webbed. As aforementioned, this helps them swim, and that is why a duck is the perfect comparison tool. You can also look at the feet of other amphibians to be sure.
But, dogs are not amphibians. Why do they have webbed feet? Well, we should attribute this to evolution. Since they evolved into land animals, the membrane lost its purpose and began disappearing. This is why some dog breeds have them, and some don’t.
Do Pitbulls have webbed feet?
Pitbull dogs do not have webbed paws. There are rare exceptions, of course, but the majority do not have any webbing whatsoever.
You must also note here that Pitbull dogs are not a standard breed. They are often a hybrid. So, if there is an exception, it could be due to this.
Which dog breeds have webbing?
Common dog breeds that have webbing are the Dachshund, Newfoundland, Otterhound, Labrador Retriever, and Irish Water Spaniel.
My Pitbull has webbed feet. Should I be worried?
If you are sure that it is not connective tissue, we advise that you have a vet look at it. Webbed feet in non-webbed feet breeds can indicate a few health concerns such as scoliosis and cleft palate. Before you start seeing symptoms or problems, thus, it is best to be aware and prepared for the same.
We hope this article has helped you find all the answers you were looking for. In case there are further doubts, please feel free to write to us if you still have doubts. We are always happy to help.