Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Mikey27X834, Sep 4, 2005.
Can people tell me how this is performed on dogs, and what their opinions on it are?
I am not sure how it is preformed but i find it sick and meaningless and just for the beauty factor. It should only be preformed when the puppies are three days old though. I like tails on dogs.
Docking is the removing of something, such as a dogs tail. It is simply cut off when the dog is a pup. It started when the Romans believed that worms in the dogs tails would cause rabies. But after awhile, they saw that dogs looked better (yeah right!) without tails. And they came up with other rubbish to make ppl want to dock tails. I think it is very cruel and unnecessary. And I agree with L4P, they look better with a tail.
Docking is also used to prevent injury. Some dogs tails are so thin and fragile that they will literally split open if banged too hard against something while wagging. Also hunting dogs with plumey tails have a difficult time going through brush with a long tail behind them and plumes picking up everything and anything. Herding dogs and other livestock animals were frequently injure their tails by getting them caught in gates, stepped on by livestock, etc. So docking depending on the dog does have practical reasonings beyond looks.
I'm against it too, unless it's a dog that has a tendency to hurt his tail because it wags it too hard.
They are generally docked between the 2nd and 3 rd vertebrae in the tail.Vets here prefer to Dock at age 2 days while for ear cropping age is 8 to 10 weeks.
Certain breeds, such as the boxer, have very thin tails that break easily, and docking prevents them from injuring their tail.
Wow. Not much I have ever seen wrong with it. I think its irresponcible not to dock a dog meant to be. Not only have I seen boxers with broken painfull nasty tails but some poorly bred labs around here even have to get theirs removed. I guess if the dog is going to live in an apartment its another thing but its usually doors,even with the hunting dogs, that cause the injuries. And you can't say this pup isn't going to get docked because its going to a pet home because you never know whre it may end up and its just safer to get it done when it is safe and they recover so quickly.
Wow for me too! I never knew how fragile boxers tails were! So if I have a boxer, I should dock his tail? Learn a new thing everyday
It should be done when the dogs are only a few days old, this way it isn't very painful at all, but if done at an older age it is painful. I don't think I'd dock an older dog. If I ever do get a boxer, which I would absolutely love to, I would like it docked and not cropped.
The way it is performed is they snip the skin on top of the tail then on the bottom. Then they proceed to snap the tail bone with very sharp scissors. Once the tail is cut off, skin is pulled from near the back and from under the tail bone to cover the bone. The skin is then stiched together. The puppies cry for a few minutes then forget about it.
My neighbor has two boxers without docked tails Taz is 11 years old and Keagen is 6 and neither one of them have ever had an injury with their tails.
I think its ok if there is a purpose or need for the docking, such as hunting or medical needs. Otherwise, I'm not really against it, but I'm not really for it.
I don't mind it either way. But I think it should be mandatory for those dogs with a fragile tail which easily breaks such as Rottweilers or Boxers-- I don't think they'll mind having a docked tail when they're real little if it means it won't cause them a greater amount of pain in the future.
Once again not all Boxers go through pain with out docked tails Taz has lived 11 years with a full tail and is fine same as Keagen. Also ironic as it is my uncle owns a purebred Rottie named Cujo who has his full tail and it has never caused him pain.
I knew plenty of Rotties without docked tails that lived happy lives and never once split their tails open.
As for me I'm against docking
It's in some breed standards that a tail should be docked and/or ears clipped. But also in some countries it is becoming an illegal operation. Personally I think it should be up to the owner of the dog and that some standards are in need for an update. But I like my boxers the way he looks, someone else might like them with floppy ears and a long skinny tail.
wow, I didn't even know about docking...I would think it's a stupid thing to do just for the looks. But if a dog has a very fragile tail, go ahead!
I prefer the look of a dog when it has it's tail docked. I want mine done when I finally get a pup.
No they should be left as nature intended
WITH A TAIL!!!
Thankfully Cropping is Illegal in this county, I ABSOLUTELY HATE cropping, it is just soooooooooooo un nessesary!!!
and so is docking, I do not, and will not agree with Docking or Cropping,
Boxers tails are just exactly the same as dalmations, so why dont they just leave them alone like dalmations?
I just wish my boxer still had his tail!!
doesnt make me love him any less though