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Teddy has nice, webbed feet.  Bess' webbed feet are off the charts.

I doubt these feet are for swimming.  Mastiffs have huge, heavy bone wrapped with tight muscle and very little natural fat.  They are not built for swimming.

What about their relation to more Northern dogs?  Can these be snow shoes?

What do you think?

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Form follows function and genes are diverse, unless selected for elimination.

The crosses used in the formation of the modern Mastiff, may have left their mark in certain secondary traits.

The Mastiff is a short haired breed, yet if Newf, or Newf through Saint influences remain a genetic remnant of such crosses, we might see larger feet, or more webbing on some Mastiffs.




Arctic wolf print

Paws, Legs, and Movement

Wolves have long, strong legs and large paws; they are built for speed and agility. The forelegs appear pressed into the Wolf's narrow chest, with the elbow turned inward and the paws turned outward. This allows the Wolf's fore and hind legs to swing in a strait line so that the hind paw falls into the impression that the front paw left. Domestic canines generally leave the hind paw impression next to the forepaw impression. The Build of a Wolf's legs are ideal for fast, agile movement over all types of terrain, even deep snow. And the webbing between their toes makes Wolves excellent swimmers as well.

As with other canines, Wolves are digitigrade; meaning they bear their weight on their toes as they walk and not the entire sole of the foot. There are four toes on each hind paw, and five toes on each forepaw. However, one of the toes on the forepaw is used for clasping and doesn't touch the ground. Each toe has a calloused pad and a non-retractable claw. Also, each paw has a single large calloused heel pad. An adult Wolf's forepaw prints measure from about 11.4 to centimeters 12.7 (4½ to 5 inches) in length and from about 9.5 to 11.4 centimeters (3¾ to 4½ inches) in width, with their hind paws measuring 15 to 20% smaller then their forepaws.

The average gait of a Wolf is between 6.5 and 8 kilometers (4 and 5 miles) per hour. Wolves can maintain an average top speed of about 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour over a distance of 3 kilometers (2 miles). A Wolf maintaining a speed of 56 kilometers (35 miles) per hour over 6 kilometers (4 miles) was reported by a Minnesota game warden in 1955. There have been other reports of Wolves running in excess of 56 kilometers (35 miles) miles per hour, but these are likely exceptional extremes. Wolves bound when they are in pursuit of large prey animals. L. David Mech reported that he witnessed Wolves bounding over 5 meters (16 feet) while in pursuit of moose. Wolves can keep up the chase for about twenty minutes, after which they tend to rest or sleep for at least ten to fifteen minutes before resuming activity.

It's not uncommon for a Wolf to travel 32 to 48 kilometers (20 to 30 miles) a day while hunting. Where food is scare Wolves have been recorded to have walked 190 kilometers (120 miles) searching for food in a single day. Wolves have a great capacity for long journeys. When dispersing from their pack, lone Wolves have been monitored traveling over 800 miles in search of new territory.


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"Above all, a uniform type should be aimed at by breeders and uniformity of type can only exist in a proportionate ratio in the purity and distinctiveness in any breed"!.........M. Moore
"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
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All of my dogs have webbed feet - I didn't even know there was a difference! Learn something new every day here..
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H, don't discount mastiffs from swimming.  While Maxine may not be as quick to get into the water as her labrador friends, once in, she leaves quite a wake behind her when all four legs/feet get motoring!


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