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    Hey guys,

    I read a dodgy sounding for sale add in my local rag for Cane Corso puppies and it got me wondering about them so i did a bit of reading up.

    What gets me is the actual Breed standard seems to be saying the tail should be docked at the 4th vertabrae........but it never says why ?? They say the ears can be left as natural......but no mention of leaving the tail on.

    I understand if a pup has a knotted or deformed tail at birth. But are these breeds prone to tail issues at a later age ??

    I'm not trying to start a tail docking debate...even though i think its disgusting if not done for medical reasons....i'm just wondering about this certain breed.

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    From what i read i took it to mean that if the tail is docked it must be done at the fourth vertebra. Any shorter is considered a fault. It does go on to say that if they have a natural tail the tip must reach the hock but not below so i'm guessing it's ok not to dock the tail.
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    Yes but tail docking is banned in Australia so that would be not allowed anyway.

    Don't confuse USA breed standards with Oz law.

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    Thanks for pointing that out guys.

    I'm really liking these dogs. Hopefully i can meet one soon........in a friendly way of course. Geez they look like they could do some damage if they where not raised correctly.


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    There are times.... when i could do the docking myself in this house. And christmas, is one of those times. Why do non dog people, think coffee tables are for drinks? Right at tail height!

    I know a Cane Corso, she's beautifully mannered, and can play rough with mine without getting squashed. Her and Pohm body slam each other. which is all a bit undignified for Bernie. the one i know is called Dolly, and she has a tail. Im in Oz, where docking is banned.

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    Yeah I'm not a fan of the Doberman tail. It's a hard situation. They were invented at a time when we thought that tail docking was just fine and so no attention was given to their tail in regards to selective breeding or anything. Sammy broke his tail as a pup - it is now crooked. I remember hanging out at Centennial Park in Sydney and all the stories that came out about dogs that had also broken their tails - boxers and dobermans mainly. One poor boxer kept breaking his tail and they had horror stories about blood all through the kitchen. Sammy has a bit of rottie in him and so his tail is better than my pure dobies, it's a bit thicker and more useful as a rudder/balancing. The pure dobe's tail just flies around in the wind when he runs, a hindrance unfortunately. I don't like the look of dogs without tails but I do think it puts certain breeds in a tricky spot. We would never have bred a breed to have a tail like a doberman, it is not a good tail. It would take generations now to correct it and probably out-crossing which no-one would ever do so looks like we're stuck with a tail that the creator of the breed would never have put a dog through. If only he'd known then that one day tail docking would become socially unacceptable, then he could have considered their tails when he bred them.

    But yep, 100% illegal in Australia. Personally, I wouldn't go back to tail docking - dogs are more agile with tails. But I would work to improve the tails of certain breeds - not for aesthetics but for performance and reduce the chance of injury.

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    From origins breeds did not need their tails or did better without them. I still wish we did it but the hippies are all in arms about it.

    The standard is there for the health of the animal - if you look at Neopolitan mastiffs, they have a longer dock then the Corsos as a standard. Not bad dogs but not like the ones overseas we got the real softies

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    Thanks guys ....i've never seen a dog with a tail issue so it's all kinda new to me. I guess it's a bit silly to have such a issue with docking when i dont know the full story.

    I just remember someone telling me that the tail is part of the spine........and from someone who has had pretty major spine issues myself i know the pain of having someone mess with your back. But at the same time, if it means avoiding pain and other issues for a dog well i guess i'm cool with that.

    I've docked lambs tails before and felt like the biggest A-hole in the world.......just a straight chop and that was it.....both of us covered in blood and then letting the poor lamb go off crying for its mum. ........maybe it's karma catching up with me that caused my back and spine issues !! (I'm not saying thats how its done to dogs, just it's my only docking experience.)

    LOL Berni,... you'd think people would realise these things about coffee tables and dogs tails !!! Bronx is at the right hieght for a quick and totally unexpected whack in the nuts.
    It's hilarious when it happens to someone else !!!


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    Yes, I miss not having a GSP with a docked tail. The 'point' that a GSP does when they find something interesting is just not the same look with a long tail !

    I could get a GSP from NZ - but as Riley is hardly ever in thick bush now and as I am really careful who and what he thumps his tail with, I am slowly getting used to seeing the long tail !

    A few places with more info:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...w-zealand.html

    Docking (dog) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    and docking of tails can only be done for health reasons:

    Cookie support required | Australian Veterinary Association

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    Bernie

    Time to put away the coffee tables.

    My dog uses her tail for balance and steering and signalling directions and feelings. It also has a kink in it. Don't know why. There is also a story that herding dogs had white tipped tails to make them easier to see at dusk. Doesn't really work as best I can tell.

    My brother's SBT used to whip the tip off her tail - blood everywhere.

    I like their tails. I also know about phantom limb syndrome and I wouldn't wish that on a dog unless having their tail was worse (cos it was broken or diseased beyond repair). I know a few rotties with tails and I think they're gorgeous.

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