View Full Version : Question about tail docking
02-18-2004, 12:13 PM
I've noticed that a lot of pet stores, including the one we got our Little Nana from clip or dock the dog's tails. Is there any special reason for this?
02-18-2004, 12:22 PM
Breed standard, possibly done for a good reason in the past like a dobe or rottie had tail done because when trying to pin a criminal it is not impossible to deter dog by grabbing tail and swinging.
Spaniels had docked tails to avoid hurting it in brush while hunting, etc.
Now it's cosmetics, and almost everywhere but USA does not allow it anymore.
02-18-2004, 12:28 PM
Really? That's weird we bought her here just 7 months ago and her tail was docked already as were many of the other dogs they had. If it isn't allowed wonder why they're still doing it?
Well her breed is for hunting rabbits so that's a possible reason it was done. Thanks for the info.
02-18-2004, 12:55 PM
In the USA people still want the *look*, and since it's not illegal here, most breeders do it when they are under 1 week old.
02-18-2004, 01:03 PM
oh ok sorry i misunderstood i thought they were saying it wasn't allowed in the usa
02-18-2004, 07:15 PM
*Thinks of how it would feel to have the life beaten out of her by her Rottweiler's tail, if it were longer than two inches...* :-p
I wonder if they're conscious of their lack of tail...ever see a Rottweiler "wag?" It's like they shake their entire butt! I heard the actual procedure is quite traumatic.
02-18-2004, 08:37 PM
i dont think they know their tails are gone. Dogs tails generally are docked at no more than 4 days old. im not sure why but thats what the vet i work for says--possibly less traumatic emotionally and physically
I think it's mean, It must be painfull no matter what the age of the dog. Ear cropping too, ouch!