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    Hi guys

    I'm a little confused...

    As far as I'm aware tail docking is now illegal in Australia (correct me if I'm wrong!) yet you see show dogs with their tails docked. (Although you see it with pet dogs as well.) Does this mean that show dogs are exempt from it?

    *I shall wait for replies before I start with my comments on this topic! *

    Does anyone know how long ago it was made illegal?

    Thanks

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    Hi Loren

    Tail docking is illegal in Australia . Docked dogs in the ring could be imports or older dogs done before the regulations came in.
    Some dogs can also be done for 'medical' reasons such as a broken tail.

    It has been in force now for a few years from memory.

    I am anti - docking by the way
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    Ahh yes, imports - I hadn't thought of that one. I was thinking it would be totally stupid and pointless to have show dogs exempt from docking - wouldn't have been too surprised if that was the case!

    Well I'm obviously anti docking lol. It's so pointless and why? Just because people think it looks nice. No, a dog with all his body parts is what's beautiful! His tail is used to express his feelings & communicate. How antequated - it's like saying we will chop off all newborn babies pinky fingers because it looks good.

    And what's with the breed specific docking rules saying things like ' but so as not intefere with the merry action of walking' or that it should be chopped off where the colour changes on the underside of the tail. WHAT THE?!!

    *sigh* Sorry! A little emotive on this topic....

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    Also i see Rotties can be born natural bob tails....often see litters advertised here, some long tailed and some natural bobs from the same litter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasse View Post
    Also i see Rotties can be born natural bob tails....often see litters advertised here, some long tailed and some natural bobs from the same litter
    That's interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasse View Post
    Also i see Rotties can be born natural bob tails....often see litters advertised here, some long tailed and some natural bobs from the same litter
    Thank you for that info.. I saw a pup recently with what I thought was a docked tail..
    I am anti Docking myself..

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    Well I'm obviously anti docking lol. It's so pointless and why? Just because people think it looks nice. No, a dog with all his body parts is what's beautiful! His tail is used to express his feelings & communicate. How antequated - it's like saying we will chop off all newborn babies pinky fingers because it looks good.


    *sigh* Sorry! A little emotive on this topic.... [/QUOTE]

    But they do circumsise little boys.......

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    Our staffy X, who we got from the RSpca, has a docked tail. We're not sure if it was docked or it's natural - one vet said that it felt that it had been docked, another (from the same place) said that it felt natural, and that possibly he has stumpy tail cattle dog in him....so we don't know, but it makes me sad to think our little one may have been docked....I didnt know rotties sometimes were born like that...is there any other dog that's born with a stumpy tail, just trying to work out Simba's parentage

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    Ah yes , the natural 'bob tail' .
    It can also occur in Boxers .
    But it is really not all that common . A can of worms was opened recently amongst Registered Breeders regarding cross breeding in the Boxers and Dobermans to try and introduce a strong and lasting 'bob tail' gene.


    The greatest excuse used by pro docking people is that 'tails get damaged' etc . I see that as a pretty poor excuse . I mean honestly....the amount of times a dog who was traditionly docked but now sports a long thick tail , hurts/damages their tail is very far and few in the grand scheme of things .

    Certainly not enough to be a viable excuse for cutting off a perfectly good tail
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    we had a cat years ago that broke his tail and pelvis (kicked by a cat hater) we were reccomended to chop it but we didnt and her tail was fine would dogs be the same?

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