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Why do dogs (at least my dog) have webbed feet?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30938points) September 3rd, 2010

Did they evolve from ducks?

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daytonamisticrip's avatar

Bred water dog is why. I’m guessing you have a labrador or something close. And NO they didn’t evolve from ducks :).

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

He’s a Wolf/Shepherd hybrid. And he’s got really big stupid webbed feet. Are you saying that all dogs don’t have webbed feet?

JilltheTooth's avatar

Snowshoe feet, mostly from the wolf side. I used to have Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, they had webbed feet for the swimming thing. Man, could those dogs move fast in the water! Different adaptations for for different needs.

josie's avatar

See above. Lots of dogs have webbed feet. All retrievers do.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Wow, @cprevite , you found a link for that? I am impressed. Way cool of you.

chyna's avatar

@JilltheTooth @cprevite is pretty cool that way.

Zyx's avatar

All webbed digits evolved for swimming.
All tails evolved for balance.
All eyes evolved from patches of light sensitive skin.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Zyx : Care to back that up? My understanding is that a number of arctic mammals evolved webbed feet for locomotion atop snow.

Zyx's avatar

@JilltheTooth Snow is still water and though swimming might have been a poor choice of words I’ve evolved to go to any lengths to prove I’m right and then throw it in your face. That was the collective you, nothing personal.

JilltheTooth's avatar

It’s hot and sticky here, feel free to throw snow in my face!...aaahhh…

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