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    Default Why do my dogs feet stick out to the side

    She is a 9 month old jack Russell and her feet turn outwards why is this?
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    I'd say it's just a conformation fault. You see a lot of smaller dogs with feet that stick out. Where did you get her from?

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    We got her from a breeder off gumtree

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    I really ought to start collecting these - reasons why you research a breeder before buying.

    Often a cheap dog means expensive vet bills.

    I do see a lot of JRT like this - I don't know if they all have expensive vet bills, you could ask a vet what they think the long term effects might be on the dog's joints and whether it's worth trying to fix.

    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    This looks like a fail on number 5 and 6.

    Some responsible breeders do advertise on gumtree - just to provide a counter balance to all the crappy BYB on there. But I just went through three pages of our local gumtree - and there wasn't one there.

    Red flags on Gumtree -
    "pure bred" - ANKC dogs are called "pedigree".
    "registered" - usually means registered with the local council which is nice but not exactly what most dog buyers understand by the term.
    "American Staffordshire Terriers with red noses". -
    ANKC Standard for AmStaff
    Nose definitely black
    What I would be looking to see at least is -
    puppies ready to go when 8 weeks or older.
    puppies microchipped, vaccinated and wormed with vet certificates for basic health tests
    parents dna tested and available to meet you as well as the puppies.
    puppy care guide book.
    list of dog related organisations the person belongs to.

    And then I'd expect the seller to ask as many or more questions of the potential buyer than the buyer has.
    and maybe a 2 week money back warrantee and after that pro rata by agreement. Puppies should always be able to go back to the breeder if the new owner cannot find another home for them. Depending on how long and why - the new owner would not necessarily get any refund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amba View Post
    We got her from a breeder off gumtree
    It is very unlikely that either of the parents got any testing or even conformation checks before breeding, which is why your dogs feet are the way they are. It really is important that if you get another dog, you stay well away from any petshop or 'breeders' selling off gumtree, if you want a pedigree dog then please make sure it is from a ANKC registered breeder or from a shelter (so at least you're saving a life).

    You already have your dog now so nothing you can do but I would definitely be taking her to the vet and seeing if there are any supplements etc you can feed her to ensure her joints stay healthy. My kitten was from the shelter (bad breeding) and has a similar issue, his legs are bowed and one foot sticks out slightly, so I have instructions from the vet on what I can do to prevent any issues with his joints down the track

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    Most likely poor conformation. One of my rescue dogs had this as a pup and unfortunately in her case it was indicative of elbow dyplasia.

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    Bad breeding conformation fault
    Same as the lazy eye in my genes, i can and do live a full and happy life though lol

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    I have seen other small dogs with those turned out 'ballet feet', usually Shih Tzus and Malties.
    I'd be asking the vet's advice sooner rather than later. If it's likely to be a big problem in the future there might be something that can be done to help correct them.
    Let us know the outcome, and good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    I have seen other small dogs with those turned out 'ballet feet', usually Shih Tzus and Malties.
    Me too. I'd say it's because so many of them are badly bred by backyard breeders. Very sad.

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