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Old 10-06-2019, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Opinions on docked vs undocked? My breeder asked if I had a preference but I’m 50/50. I’ve only seen in person poodles with docked tails. how long are the tails? I know too short of a dock and it’ll be hard to get a decent Pom. What are some thoughts on it look wise do longer tails automatically equal better easier poms? is it hard to keep the hair on the tail detangled?
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Since poodles are usually not bred with a long tail, breeders have not done any selection in that area, so itís always a surprise what the tail is going to look like and how the dog will carry it.

I have Merlin, docked and when I got Beckie, docking had become illegal in my province so Beckie was undocked. At first I found it really strange, but now I really prefer it over a docked tail ! I find it makes the dog more balanced.

I would want a natural tail anytime over a docked one now. Mind you Beckieís tail is really nice and she has a nice carriage as well.
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I know this is the trend now, but I still love a docked tail. My toy poodle was docked really short way back then, but Zekeís is longer where it curves up over the back and I do prefer that. Love to see it standing up like a flag.


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Willow's tail is docked, but our new puppy Kiki's undocked tail curls over her back, like our Maltese dog's tail. It's very cute and looks great.


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I don't believe in cosmetic changes. Certain hunting breeds have their tails docked to about 50% because the tails will break in the mountains (or so legend has it) Otherwise, why cut a tail?
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I love the expressiveness of an undocked tail. Wish Peggy's wasn't.
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I'm in agreement with the majority--I prefer that poodle tails were left natural. I think docking is cruel and totally unnecessary.
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Tails have been undocked in the UK for some years now. I find dogs look better balanced with a full tail, and use it more expressively, especially in dog to dog communication.
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Tail docking has also been banned in Australia for a long time. I vastly prefer natural tails, docked tails look very unbalanced to me and I see it as a pointless and cruel practice.
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I agree, itís an ethical decision for a companion animal, not cosmetic.
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