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    Are Basenjis the only AKC or domesticated dog with Cloven/joined Paw pads?

    Cloven hoofs were the sign of the devil in the old country.

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    I don't know what you're talking about. My Basenji's paws look just like my golden retriever's paws.

    I don't get what you mean by "cloven/joined pads".
    I can "handle" each pad independently of the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barklessdog
    Are Basenjis the only AKC or domesticated dog with Cloven/joined Paw pads?

    Cloven hoofs were the sign of the devil in the old country.
    Huh? I don't think so?
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    I have not seen joined paw pads on any other breed ?

    See how the center toes pads are joined at the bottom.




    here's how most paws are like on other dogs. Am I mistaken?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paw
    Observe how the center pads on a regular dog are not joined. Am I mistaken or has not anyone else observed this?

    Old Wives tales. My mother allways told me old wives tales like "cloven hooves were the sign of the devil" "Eye brows that grew together we also a sign of the devil", but thats for another disscussion.
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    I have seen many dogs with the center pad connected
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    The center pads on my golden are joined, just a little farther down, and the hair covers the joining tissue {much like in that Wikipedia photo}.

    Cloven hooves -- which horses, cows, sheep, goats {that's where your "devil" myth comes from -- are the hoof itself. On the dog it's just connective skin tissue, like the skin between your fingers. Hooves are not equivalent to paw pads.

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    Somewhere along the line, I remember hearing that the way the basenji paw is formed had something to do with it being a more primitive than domestic breed--don't remember where I heard that or if there's any credence to it. I also thought their paw shape was distinct to the B breed only.

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    I remember reading or hearing how the basenji's, unique to their breed, attached pads actually made it closer in relation to the African jackal than the wolf (which has seperated pads)

    Of coarse I can't find anywhere were this comparison is done/made, but will look further.

    I know with todays DNA testing it could be easily proven or disproven the whole Jackal/basenji debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barklessdog
    I remember reading or hearing how the basenji's, unique to their breed, attached pads actually made it closer in relation to the African jackyl than the wolf (which has seperated pads).
    That's interesting....one of Max's nicknames during his youth was "the little jackyl" because he was such a pain sometimes!

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    I just checked both Duke & Daisy's paws. Seems the back pads are attached the way the picture looks, Daisy's are more evident. The front pads move a bit more independently - not much but are very close. Interesting, I never noticed that before. I used to have a yellow lab who's paws were webbed for swimming. The toes would spread out when I cleaned them. hmmm - Very interesting.
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