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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Poodles used to have the end third of their tail docked because when they were in the water (retrieving ducks) the hunter lifted them out of the lake/dam/pond by their tail and the hair on their head.
    If they grabbed the thinner tip of the tail there was a chance of injury, by removing that they had no choice but to grab the thicker part.

    I don't know anyone who takes their poodles out hunting.
    LOL thats hilarious.

    I know someone who has taken their poodle out with the pig dogs. Funny as.

    I dont know if it was helping or just lookign pretty amongst all those tough lookign dogs LOL

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    My dog uses her tail for balance when changing speed and direction. When she's stalking - she puts it down low.

    When she's trying to get something to run she puts her tail and her head and hackles up and barks a lot - so making her tail shorter is not going to help hide her at all.

    I read somewhere that drovers prefer dogs with white tip tails because they're easier to see in the dark/dusk. I can't see mine when it's really dark but at dusk and in moonlight she glows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    I read somewhere that drovers prefer dogs with white tip tails because they're easier to see in the dark/dusk. I can't see mine when it's really dark but at dusk and in moonlight she glows.
    Yup... works for hounds, although theirs is because it sticks up over their heads in the long grass.


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    Long grass in Europe must be a lot shorter than long grass in Oz. Even my back yard would hide that dog completely.

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    mine is the same at the moment.

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    What other people think about Giant Schnauzer as a family & guard dog? Is he OK with other kids, animals or visitors? Does he need a lot of daily exercise?
    Giant schnauzers are quite rare. I met them only at the schnauzer club days. They are really huge,docile, and very well behaved compared to their smaller relatives. I guess they can be very good watch dogs as well as family dogs if socialised (like any other breeds) very well and trained early on. The only thing I can recommend to find a reputable breeder...that will be a good start. Good Luck!

    BTW I am personally against tail docking and ear cropping. Those ears and tail are important part of my minis' expression and his good profile. Perhaps I will add his photo to the album.
    Last edited by hachna; 08-01-2011 at 01:52 PM. Reason: to add
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    please do hachna, I loooooooooove schnauzers.

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