I would totally go natural again. I love Vinnie's tail - it is gay, but he does "uncurl" it when moving. I just love a natural tail - in photos, you can see how much they use their tail as a rudder for turning, stopping, etc...
My next spoo will be just like Mitch (I love you Matrix, but I like cream/white spoos more than black), so it will be docked. Matrix has a full tail, and I do love it, but if I'm going through one of the breeders I've been looking at, they dock their pups. I also want people to know just by looking that my spoo is a POODLE, not a DOODLE!!
When I get my next standard (which won't be for a while) it will be with docked tail. I love poodles in different colors, but have to see the eyes, so either light color to begin with like white, cream, apricot, or that will fade like a silver, cafe au lait or silver beige. Oh and how could I forget red!!!
I like docked tails, but only well docked tails. Desmond has this awful little bitty nub... guh. I'm not as fond of natural tails on poodles, though some dogs can look really good with them. The docked tail just kind of completes the picture of a poodle for me in many cases, ; natural tails are too long and just look odd to me, but some dogs do look good with the natural tail. Though I have nothing against them, I wouldn't seek one out anyway.
I like Captain's little pommed tail, it's just perfect actually. But, I would love a natural tail. Captain's grandsire has a natural tail that is lovely, so I'm curious if his would have been left natural if it would be similar.
such a tough question... Ocsi's tail, while docked IMO is a little short (he can only have a pompom at the end really; but I have a friend with a poodle who's tail is certainly much shorter than Ocsi's and he only has a pom at the end of it as well)
Fallie (who knows where/what kind of breeder she had since she's a rescue) did NOT dock her tail, and again, IMO I feel her tail looks really silly curled over her back when she holds her tail "straight up" (notice the quotes, b/c she never holds her tail straight really the only time she has her tail straight is if she's laying down on her side, if she's standing and her tail is down, she still keeps a slit curve in the very end of the tail)
so... if I had a choice (and I signed papers at the rescue group that I wouldn't dock her tail after adopting her) I WOULD have preferred Fallie's tail be docked when she was a puppy (b/c it curls over)
and if I had a choice with Ocsi- I might have left his tail long b/c he seems to carry it very well
my two cents
LOL- for my next dog, who knows! I've got my hands full with these two for now!!