Why some dogs need to remove their tails?

@youless (86466)
Guangzhou, China
August 31, 2010 8:45pm CST
I don't understand why some kinds of dogs need to remove their tails by a minor operation. Why they can't keep their own tails? My friend told me that is because the dogs will be much more naughty if their tails are available. What a strange answer
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@shira0524 (483)
• United States
1 Sep 10
Tail docking in dogs originated as a "useful" means of keeping the dog from getting hurt. This was originally done to breeds that faced dangers of getting the tail either broken or bitten, depending on what the original purpose for the breed was. What has happened in the meantime is that as Dog Shows became popular, the dogs that frequently had their tails docked (as well as the breeds that got their ears cropped too, which was started for the same reasoning - to keep the ears from being bitten off) for working purposes and/or sport were shown that way since that's the way the dog was used in the field or whatever it was that was done with each breed. So it eventually became a requirement of show dogs and it's a "standard" thing now. It gets done regardless of whether the dogs are show dogs or not, because that's how people are used to seeing those dogs. Personally, I really dislike it, and I hate seeing it done - they cut the tails off the puppies when they're between 2 and 5 days old, usually - but I don't think it's half as barbaric as ear cropping. The tail docking is done so young, before the bones have fully hardened, and a local anesthetic is used (if it's done right, at least). Ear cropping, however, is not usually done until the pup is about 8 weeks since it has to be done under a general anesthetic and it HURTS! It's messy and bloody and hurts, for weeks afterward. It's a disgusting practice and I believe one that is soon going to be made illegal as the show organizations have already begun to accept in dogs that are not "cropped and docked".
@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
If dogs can say something for themselves, they will say no for these operations
@shaggin (25286)
• United States
2 Sep 10
I am so glad that shira0524 put up such a lengthly response. I see some people responded saying false reasons why docking happens. Its pointless. Its basically just to make animals look better according to what people think they are supposed to look like. Its wrong. Its mutilation. I cant imagine taking an animal and slicing them up to make them look better. They were born looking a certain way for a reason no one should feel the need to alter that. Thats like taking a child as soon as they are born and saying oh boy what big ears lets cut them down so my baby will look better. Yeah thats not acceptable but docking animals ears is... go figure!
@Hatley (157616)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 10
youless thats the same question I have asked why on earth would having an inate part of his god given body removed make a dog less naughty. thats just plain ridiculous, yes a very strange answer. I think the tail plays an intrinsic part of y our dog, when he wags his tail he is friendly when he holds it out stiff he is angry or fri ghtened and when hr curls his tail between his legs, he is horribly scared of something. a tail belongs on a dog for goodness sakes.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
And in summer some pet owners even shave all the hair of their dogs, they look weird.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
1 Sep 10
Usually it's the Dobberman that needs that treatment, i am not sure why. But i have never seen a dobberman with a full tail, so there has to be a proper reason for that. Well that is one thing, but shaving the hair off.
@zananazz (28)
• Australia
4 Sep 10
Hello I have rottweler dog,her name is lucy she has a docked tail. I have to cheak her tail regular,To make sure she has no sist or abcess on it,My local vet cheaks it as well.It is against the law in N.S.W Australia to dock tails Now,This law came in five years ago,When I first got lucy around then.I also think this is creul to dogs.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 10
Perhaps this is a good law because at least dogs will be beneficial from it.
• Australia
7 Sep 10
I agree this is good law,Though there should be some kind penalty to stop people doing this sought of thing.Dog & animals need protection lambs get there tail gut Too I think?
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
1 Sep 10
In my country there is the belief that a dog that had his tail docked is more vicious. But this is not true. They might look vicious , but their temperament doesn't change at all after the tail docking. There are some breeds of dogs that needed to have their tail docked. I'm talking about dogs that went hunting. A long tail can suffer injuries during a hunt if left undocked. This is the main reason a hunting dog has the tail docked. But most of nowdays dogs don't go hunting, so tail docking is no longer justified. Yet, there are some dogs that can suffer injuries at their tail even if they don't go hunting. I'm talking about Hungarian Vizsla, a breed of dogs that have a long tail. Two-thirds of the Vizsla's tail is strong and thick, but the last one-third of the tail is very thin and whip-like. As the dog wag his tail vigorously, it is susceptible to splitting and bleeding. Once the tail is damaged, it often does not heal appropriately and may eventually have to be amputated. That's why Vizslas usually have their tail docked at a very young age, when the nerve structure to the tail is not yet developed and the procedure does not cause undue pain.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 10
But many wild animals have long tails, such as the tiger, lion and so on. I think they have much more dangerous moments.
• United States
1 Sep 10
I think dogs should remove their tails because it makes them act up... and if they fight it can seriously hurt them... and tails are ugly
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@Absinto (2397)
• Portugal
1 Sep 10
On some dogs tails stay pretty. I think those dogs like boxers and pitbulls shouls have them removed, those stay good without one, but golden retreviers would stay ugly without a tail.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
If so, why not all the dogs remove the tails? Try to imagine a wolfdog will be without a tail
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
9 Sep 10
From what the old folks told us that if you were to remove the dog's tail, she will become fierce and is better and will protect the owner. I believe this is just some believe in those old day and it was happen in those day in the place where I growth up. Now if you were to remove the tail of the dog, you will probably be sue for torturing animal...
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Sep 10
I wonder whether this is true.
• Canada
4 Sep 10
Some dogs need their tails removed for working, hunting, show. Another reason, the bigger dogs would have tails longer than thier bodies and about 2 in plus in diameter. Try getting hit with that or have the dog running around your house with such a weapon. Then if u r a male. Humhum yah
@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 10
Thanks for your response.
@sharryCD (121)
• China
2 Sep 10
well, i don't think it is a big matter for dogs as people often remove their tails after their birth, therefore, they have no pain or feeling about it. Maybe someone will think dogs will have the rights to live in their natural and real way, people should not deprive their rights. However, i don't think. Since human being is the greatest living things in the universe, we have enough intelligence to provide a more beautiful image for other animals. All of us want to be charming, why not them if this doesn't hurt them at all?
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 10
Our judgment of the dog's look may be different than the own thoughts from the dogs.
@elleb0418 (1107)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I am a doberman and mini pincher breeder.Dobermans had their tail dock 3 days after their birth.There are many debates about this,in Europe tail docking is not allowed but here in the Philippines still we do it,maybe that's the hallmark of being called to be a doberman.When a doberman is not having a tail dock and ear crop,it's not nice to look at.
@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 10
And this doberman is lucky because it is natural
@sjlskl (3385)
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
I don't understand the reasoning as well. Tails will not cause any health problem to the dog and some breed, they look beautiful with the tail. My only guess is that vanity is the reason why the owner cut the tail off.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 10
I think so.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Its only for the benefit of their owner not for the dog. They really don't need their tail to be cut off. Their owner just want them to look good. I don't think it has something to do with them being naughty. There are really times that they need to do it to propagate.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
You are quite right. If they can consider how the dogs suffer, perhaps they will change their mind not to remove their tails.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
1 Sep 10
There is no good reason for it, like others already pointed out. Some people just don't like the look of tails, which is why they do this. I think it is a horrible practice, and people who do it are just cruel.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
You are right.
@zausiu (610)
• China
1 Sep 10
It is very cruel those people remove the dogs' tails.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
I think so.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
1 Sep 10
When they feel bore, they can do like that........ We must teach dancing on POP songs.. hahahhaha.
@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
Thanks for your response.
• United States
1 Sep 10
No dog NEEDS to have their tail removed. People 'dock' (remove/shorten) their dogs tails because they think it makes them look cooler or meaner or whatever. People do the same with dogs ears (mostly done to pit bulls). They think it makes the dogs look more vicious. There is no good excuse to dock a dogs tail or ears, it is not necessary.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
I agree with you.
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@Absinto (2397)
• Portugal
1 Sep 10
As said before they remove their tails to improve their looks depending on their race. Some smaller dogs have them removed too to have a cleaner look. Thankfully my puppies are always born with a half cut tale. So when i give them away they dont have the risk of getting it cut off.
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@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 10
I wonder whether their looks will be better without tails. This is only a judgment from humang beings and dogs may not agree to it