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Old 01-11-2010, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is a docked tail and how do I know if my dog has one?
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If you have a mini poodle, and his tail is shorter than 3 or 4 inches, it's docked. Docking is a procedure where they clip off part of a dog's tail when he's just a few days old.
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The first photo is Flynn and his tail is natural. The second is Toby and his is docked.
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His tail is about six inches long, so I guess it's not docked. Why would anyone chop off a part of a puppy's tail like that, and please do not tell me it's to make it look better or for show, that would be just to barbaric for words!
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Midnight's tail is about four inches. I don't know if that is a full tail for a miniature. I will make sure that my next poodle does not have a docked tail. I don't agree will tail docking.
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His tail is about six inches long, so I guess it's not docked. Why would anyone chop off a part of a puppy's tail like that, and please do not tell me it's to make it look better or for show, that would be just to barbaric for words!
To make it look better by creating a better over all balance. Ironically, most puppy mill and BYB puppies are docked too short. In fact, those short little bunny tails are sort of the calling card of a Poodle bred by someone who doesn't know what they are doing.

Take heart. Show Poodle tails are getting longer and longer. With the amount of breeding happening between Europe, Canada and the US these days, I think that we will see the end of docked tails in the next 20 years.
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His tail is about six inches long, so I guess it's not docked. Why would anyone chop off a part of a puppy's tail like that, and please do not tell me it's to make it look better or for show, that would be just to barbaric for words!
That is exactly why it is done. Until recently, you could not show a Poo with an undocked tail in the ACK or CKC. Now you can show with an undocked tail, but the likelihood of winning with an undocked tail are pretty slim here in North America.
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That is exactly why it is done. Until recently, you could not show a Poo with an undocked tail in the ACK or CKC. Now you can show with an undocked tail, but the likelihood of winning with an undocked tail are pretty slim here in North America.
I believe that you have always been able to show with an un-docked tail. However, Poodles with long tails are at a disadvantage because a long tail accentuates every flaw in the tail. Already poor tail carriage look terrible. A low tail set looks lower. A curved tail looks more curved. A gay tail? Yikes!!!! Also, a long tail makes a Poodle look shorter in the neck and takes away from the overall, uphill outline of the dog.
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I also thought the original purpose for the docked tail was to act as a "handle" to pull the dogs out of the water and into the boat after a retrieve. Maybe I just made that up, but I'm sure I read it somewhere.
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Docked tails arent just as a look for them, they serve a purpose as most modifications to dogs does or did. Tail docking was done on a few gun and service dog breeds to prevent tail injury in the field, many of these breeds don't serve their original purpose anymore but the practice is still done as it has been done for decades or longer.

Ear cropping also served a purpose and still does where with floppy ears are much more susceptible to ear infections, so many guardian service dogs in war times I read (dobies/boxers, ect) were cropped so if dirt and other debris fell into the ears it wouldn't fester and would either fall out on its own or be easier to clean.

Most retrieving breeds like labs and newfies do have their tails as they're used as ruders to help steer through the water.
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