The mysterious skipping of Sophie

by Ana Cláudia Levin
(Berlin, Germany)

Sophie recently began to skip with her right hind leg on the street, as though she had a leaf stuck or something. But, this did not stop and we had an X-ray taken for possible Patellar dislocation, there was a very slight amount but not enough to show any serious problems or danger. She took two different anti-inflammatory medications but it did not stop. The weirdest, and craziest-making aspect to all of this is that it seems to have become more frequent on the street but she shows absolutely NO sign of this pattern, or any pain whatsoever, in our apartment, where she runs, hops, and jumps like a puppy (she will be 3 in January), or on the street if she is otherwise distracted, chasing after something or having her name called. She DID have problems last year after a jump and then she took medication and it healed, and she also showed AT HOME that she was experiencing discomfort, not now. The vet that did the X-ray talked about an eventual surgery, (our main vet said no to that) but she seems to be in otherwise perfect shape. Have any of you experienced anything like this?


Is it possible that this very intelligent and eccentric dog has developed some kind of "mental problem" or tic just while walking on the sidewalks of Berlin? Please help us. Your comments would be welcome.

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Dec 25, 2017
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Yes & Yes NEW
by: SAM

Yes, yes, & yes to all the other comments on this mysterious skipping. Our little girl began this "right rear leg skip" early on, & our vet stated level 1 luxating patellas(no x-rays). After speaking extensively with the president of the American Coton Club, she said this is known as "the coton hop". Nothing to worry about. :-)

Oct 02, 2014
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skipping NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

Just to update Jonah still does this skip at times & is fine 1 yr later no operations or leg problems.

I guess they r a breed that hops & skips

Oct 01, 2014
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same same NEW
by: chris

Hi all

Our coton does the same (1,5 years old). Out vet did surgery on both knees (Patella luxation) but it made no difference at all and he is still skipping. Out vet is specialist in this area and has never seen anything like this. He has now offered a free ct-scan, which we look forward to. Hopefully this will remove all of out concerns.

Jun 07, 2014
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Holly the skipper
by: Doug

Our Holly developed the skip at 6 months. Good to see that she is not the only Coton to do this.

Feb 06, 2013
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Right hind leg skipping
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

While looking up something else on site I came across this post. I thought to myself how funny after reading each of ur posts Jonah also does this. I never noticed until he turned 3-4, I to had it ck'd & all ok. It's nice to see that I am not alone & also not crazy that I see this & no one else has. Thanks to all of u I feel almost sane again. (-:

Jan 16, 2013
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What a relief to read these posts
by: Anonymous

My precious Milo is a 17 month old 15 lb Coton who also "skips". We don't see it in the house, only on walks and only when he "trots". He can run like the wind, jump and hop on his hind legs without any sign of discomfort. This "skipping" has perplexed and worried us for months now. Like others, we have had him checked out by vets who say they can't find any physical or structural reason why he does this. It is reassuring to read that other Cotons do this as I haven't heard any other dog owners describe this behaviour in their dogs. Please, if other readers own Cotons I would appreciate reading your stories.

Dec 29, 2012
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Skipping
by: Jolie's Mom

Jolie does this too!!! When she is walking, she has a little skip/jump that she does and its her right back leg also. I had my vet check her out and he said that she is fine, so I guess its just a habit. It's an awfully cute one, too!! Last year at the Pancreatic Walk, she walked with me and there were so many people exclaiming how cute that little skip was! she also has another strange habit. If we are sitting down, she will take her hind leg and throw it over your foot! It almost looks like a little boy doggie hiking his leg!! The only thing that we can figure out why she does this is, we usually move our foot back and forth, rubbing her tummy, so I guess she does this when she wants a tummy rub. But its almost like she can't help herself; if she is doing something and we stick out a foot, she will stop whatever it is and run over to hike her leg! Such cute babies!!

Dec 12, 2012
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Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Thank you Angie and Sydney's mom for your reply. It is comforting to share and get to know your stories. The good things is that they don't seem to feel pain. So, this is the most important conclusion. Any other news you get from this little problem, please share. Sophie sends her love!

Dec 11, 2012
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Skipping Syd
by: Sydney's mom

My female coton, Sydney started the same skipping at 6 months and it also just happens on walks. She is now just over a year and the skipping motion comes and goes. She runs like crazy without any problems. It also doesnt seem to bother her at all. The vet told me she has a loose knee cap, and that she does not require surgery at this time. He just recommended that I keep her healthy and fit. Your comments regarding your own dogs make me feel a little more at ease. Perhaps its just our pup's way to show us their happiness by skipping down the street.

Dec 06, 2012
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skipping
by: Angie

Our coton, also Sophie, skips and has since we got her at 1 year old. She's now 4. She doesn't do it on our "power walks" but rather when she is running short distances in the back yard or in the house. She has been thoroughly checked by our vet and there are no issues. I worried a lot about this, even had x-rays done, but no problems. So I just look at this as one of the many, many sweet habits she has that make her so special.

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