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You have nice dog, probably German descent rather than American ( someone might argue this) but you know errrr.. something is not right on this photo … TAIL. It looks so unnatural; it is like a dog with the squirrel tail.
Take a read of the facts about tail docking by Prof. Dr R. Fritsch, Leader of Clinic of Veterinary Surgeons, Justus-Lieberg University, to the German Kennel Club.
There are good sound reasons why each docked breed is docked. Docking is a safeguard against future injuries in the hunting and working breeds, for health reasons in breeds such as the Old English Sheepdog. Tail docking has nothing, absolutely nothings to do with dog shows or judging of dog shows. Tail docking is quite simply done because of traditional reasons for which a particular breed was developed and as breeders and owners we have been entrusted to uphold this tradition.
When the forefathers of the Weimaraner were developing this breed I am sure they did not say to themselves "Oh I must have a cosmetically beautiful hunting dog, people are looking." I am, however, certain that they did think of the dog and its welfare when deciding it was best to dock the tail.
Last edited by Gorry; 07-18-2010 at 07:16 AM.
Considering ALL Rottweilers descend from German lines...your comment is somewhat superfluous really.
The legend states that it actually came down to ONE German breeding bitch in 1905, so all rottweiler descend from her!
I grew up with Rottys, none of which had tails and they were able to express their feelings and were very happy dogs.
I am also pro tail docking for a variety of reasons, as long as it is done humanely.
Our family dog, a Rotty, just recently died and she didn't have a tail and not once did we cop a bad time from anyone about her docked tail.
Dogs have a tail for a reason and that includes Rottys That could be to express their emotions....as a balance weight when they run and turn.
Sure...I have to admit it looked "odd" seeing Rottys in the showring with tails up against Rottys without a tail. Did I use to prefer docked look...yes! Am I used to the tail look now...yes!
Can dogs injure their tails...of course! Some breeds like Rottys are ferocious waggers Can they break a toe too...most definitely. Do we just snip off their toes (with the exception to hind dew claws though)....no we don't.
If people want a docked dog...sure there are ways to do this eg get one from NZ or from another country who doesn't have laws against tail docking.
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