I don't like it either. The thing is most dogs do not have docked or cropped tails and they mostly manage to get around without getting their tails caught in doors etc. So why is it such a problem for poodles who keep their natural tail?I have made up my mind on docking and cropping and its a pointless procedure that's very barbaric and outdated.
I think it's fine to admit that you have a preference as to how the poodle looks with a docked tail and want to stay to standard. I have to admit I find most docked tails more pleasing to the eye then natural (or I'm more used to it). But I don't see the argument that it's better for the dog in this day and age, when the vast majority do not hunt or spend much time in the bush where tails were apparently a problem.