My Dog Has Enormous Paws!

by Jami
(Ashland, KY, USA)

Cocker Spaniel With Huge Paws!

Cocker Spaniel With Huge Paws!

My cocker spaniel, Levi, has HUGE paws. Is this normal? I read the breed standard and it says "large, round" paws, but his are so big that everyone comments on them as soon as they see him.

He has been neutered and is a pet, so showing or breeding are not an issue, but I just wondered if this is common for this breed. We got him as a rescue, but he actually came with papers.

Just curious.

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So Does Mine!
by: Buckley's Mom

We rescued Buckley in late 2012. He is a pure cocker, as far as we can tell. But just like yours, his paws are huge. We call them his "monster mitts." He's a big boy in general -- I doubt that he would meet AKC breed size standards, but we love him and his handsome paws.

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Our Rescue Baby
by: Anonymous

Our Daughter rescues dogs & horses.

We were just 'adopted' by Brice, one of her 'rescued fur babies'. He's about 4 months, and was abandoned on the streets of Okeechobee FL.

He's black, with a white 'bib', a beautiful face, big, floppy ears, and a gentle expression. His 'body structure' is Dachshund, but his feet are enormous, with webs almost all the way to the end of his toes!

Our Daughter told us that he looks like a Dachshund/Cocker. Our Vet agrees, but believes him to be mostly a Cocker.

Ironically, he is almost identical to our 13 year old Female Dachshund/Cocker-Poo, that we had to put to sleep, on January 14th.

Karma? Our Family thinks so.

We've only seen paws and webbed feet like this on our 2 Labs that we used to have.

We live in a Community that allows us 25 pound, maximum, dogs. Until I read your responses, I was truly concerned that our Vet had misjudged Brice's breed; that we'd have to give him up.

He's about as full as mischief as possible, but also happy, loving...everything adorable. Training him to be 'inside sociable' is being a challenge, but we're ready.

After reading other responses about uncharacteristically large paws, I now know it's normal for the Cocker Spaniel.

Thank You!

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Thank You All!
by: Anonymous

I just wanted feedback from others. Thank you for letting me know that he's not abnormal! :)

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Big Paws
by: Anonymous

Mine has huge paws as well and I also like it - he looks like a bear so I call him a grizzly cocker bear!

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Love Big Paws
by: Midwesterner

We have 2 cocker spaniels and both have big paws which I think are very cute. One is 1.5 years old, the other is 6 months - the paws are still big on the older one. They look more like bear paws.

In fact, one time hubby walked him through the woods, there was a kid screaming 'there's a bear.... a bear !'

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Huge Paws
by: Anonymous

My puppy was the same; he had really, really huge looking paws when he was little. Now though, they don't look so big. I guess it's because he's grown up now.

They still look a little 'clumpy' but I think that's a cocker spaniel trait and I like it.

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Big Paws
by: Sandra

If your dog is still a puppy his paws may well look enormous, or at least out of proportion to the rest of his body.

Puppies tend to 'grow into' their feet and often look a little clumsy to begin with - similar to children!

I wouldn't worry about big paws - I actually like them; I think they're very cute. Big eyes and big paws - cute as pie!

If you're really worried, or your feel there is something wrong, ie his paws are causing your dog a problem, I would take him to see his vet.

How about posting a photo showing how he looks now? - I bet he's really cute!

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