I personally believe that it is okay to dock a dog's tail as long as it is done by a vet using a local anaesthetic.
I shudder at the thought that byb or breeders in general are undertaking this delicate task upon themselves. I find it a tad difficult to believe that a 3-5 day old pup has no sensation and that chopping its tail off doesn't hurt it; try stomping on its tail and then tell me that it's nerve endings are not fully developed! (BTW, this is just a figure of speech and I would hope that any sane person is not going to literally stomp on its tail).
Many a pup have died either from shock or infection so I feel that it is about time that only a knowledgeable vet be allowed to conduct the docking using a local anaesthetic!!
Yes, that was my thought and I posted a thread on this subject on another forum and once again copped my fair share of not-so-kind responses and a myriad of reasons as to why they should be done. I am torn on this subject as I like the look of certain breeds of dogs with a docked tail such as the doberman, the rottie, the jack russell, etc. Perhaps it's because I have been conditioned to seeing them with a docked tail and suddenly to be faced with a dobe and its long whippy tail, I have to say it takes some getting used to. I own a dobe with a tail as docking has been banned for about 2 years now and it is oh so long, lol.
I dont see a problem with it. I have a fiest that is supose to had its tail snipped but we got her at 6 weeks and left it on but I think she would have looked more professional with out one. If she ever had pups we'd probally dock theirs so they would look more like the standard.
Sorry Cinnaeve; I was under the impression that it was okay to type a thread title in caps; I thought that caps were not allowed in a post because it would give the impression that the poster is shouting...
That is a myth....Puppies do feel pain. I had all 12 of my rottie puppies tails docked at three days old at the vet and they screamed like crazy. They don't remember the pain but I am sure they feel it.
Riley - I gather you must have been a pup in a previous life? How do you know for sure that puppies can't feel their tail being chopped off??
That is a ridiculous notion that is believed by far too many people and this has been expelled as matter of convenience by breeders for very obvious reasons. They may be born deaf and blind but don't kid yourself that they have no feelings!! Only a vet should be allowed to perform this task and ONLY with a local anaesthetic.
Like a baby boy, when he is about to be circumsised, I believe that a very LOUD shriek is to be heard soon after and I believe the same applies to pups.
Hi. I believe it is alright to have a tail docked. I have 3 Min Pins (all docked tails) and a Yorkie (tail docked). I believe the sooner the better and by professionals only given they are using the right methods. I do not believe it is animal cruelty. There are many things pet owners do that are much worse than this. I respect those who are not for tail docking. I know a lady who said she wouldn't crop her Min Pin's ears, because she believed it was animal cruelty. However, she had his tail and dewclaws done. Now, do any of you believe the dewclaws being removed is alright or not alright? Also, some people are for Spaying/Neutering and some are not. Fixing a dog could be looked at as animal cruelty too. Just like one is removing a tail, ears, dewclaws, one is removing organs that allow dogs to reproduce. Sometimes people point things out that they are not for or believe are unnecessary, and they turn around and contradict themselves by doing something else that is unnecessary. It is personal preferences, basically.
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I have never understood that people actually believe that newborn puppies feel no pain. What a ridiculous idea.
Face it, people dock because they like the look, period.
All the stories about, safety in the field, to prevent broken tails, etc., are malarkay. If that is the case, why isn't the Great Dane docked.? A Dane is constantly bashing his tail against everything.
The same way with the silly Poodle cuts. That little patch on the hindquarters is the keep the area warm while retrieving in cold water? Baloney, if that is the case, the dog should be in a puppy cut. I think Standard Poodles are nice dogs, and a lot of people are turned off by the goofy haircuts.
And no, I did not have my 2 sons circumcised. Strap my baby to a board and cut, no pain relief or numbing? No way.