Actually it wouldn't be a bad idea too crop Great Danes tails. I have a very very good friend of mine that has three great danes. Chelkey her very first female got what they call "whip tail" and it is where she would hit things with her tail until she actually busted it open. They had to dock her tail and bandage it. Well she ate the bandage not once but twice and ended up with a blockage and died.
Cassandra..i dont know if you saw it or not..but no...i personally do not do my own dogs tails..i can not bait a hook either..i can not give my dogs there own shots...im squiemish...I go to the vet...for tail, dewclaws..and ears..although...if i ever get any more schnauzers..ill probably leave the ears unless they have infection problems...I go to the vet for all my things..shots and all care...i dont use home remidies too much...im too afraid of doing some thing wrong..and having it backfire...
ps....if i had boys (instead of girls like i had) iwould most definatly get them circomsised (sp) kindest cut of all...just my opinion...as a mom...i couldnt stand when the babies got there shots either...i cruied right along with them...but..certain things have to be done...
My Dad has 3 Australian Shepherds and he will be having his first litter later this year and their tails will be docked. People mentioned hunting dogs and docking - for the Aussie the docked tail is important as it helps avoid unneceassary tail injury while working cattle.
I guess I don't see a heck of a lot of difference between tail docking and dew claw removal. Both involves seperation at a joint to remove something that if left there probably would result in an injury later in life that would be MUCH more painful.
And truthfully, having raised litters of puppies I see the benefit of a breeder docking their own tails IF they have the right equipment and know what they are doing. It's more traumatic for a 3 day old puppy to be hauled into the vets office for tail docking than it would be if the breeder picked it up out of the warm whelping box, docked the tail, and put it back with Mom minutes later. My Dad's first couple of litters will have their tails docked by the vet, but our vet has already offered to show him how to do it himself and to let him do a couple in her presence to make sure he has the hang of it. It's a 40 minute car ride to the vet for us. With a large Aussie litter (one of his girls is from a litter of 14 pups herself, so she could have a BIG litter), a 40 minute car ride is a big deal - especially for newborns who really should be kept at a constant 80 degree temperature (hard to maintain in the middle of a South Dakota winter).
Have you ever docked tails (those that don't like the idea of it)? I know with my dew claws on my Sheltie puppies they cry during removal, whimper for 2-3 minutes after removal, and then they grab a nipple from Mom and are back to bigger and better things. I think it's MUCH easier for them at 2-4 days old than it would be to have a torn dew claws surgically removed after it's been haf torn off. And I've seen a litter of pups shortly after tail docking. They don't fuss for more than a few minutes and by the next day they don't have a problem. A broken tail on a working dog would be a MUCH bigger deal and they WOULD remember that.
Please remember that not all breeds require tail docking for appearance. It USUALLY has a purpose that relates to their breeds purpose and has some benefit to the dog. And by the way - some Aussies are born with bob tails that don't require docking, so I think even Mother Nature agrees that it's not a bad option.
Barligirl - I found your post interesting and humorous at the same time and I do agree. I don't think that tails get broken all too often and not all hunting dogs have a docked tail. When I posted this subject on another forum the answers were that dogs are clipped because it is a tradition and that dogs have been bred to have their tails docked; all I could say was "pleeaaase spare me." LMHO.
As for the way that poodles are clipped - all I can say is "God give me strength." I just cannot see the beauty in having a dog's bottom shaved to the skin, it's a hideous look but that is only my opinion and to each their own, lol.
As far as hunting dogs goes, there's a difference between pointers, flushers and retreivers. I don't think any retrievers have their tails docked, but they can do a lot of retrieving from the water. Pointers can retrieve from water, also, but not nearly as much. I think most pointer breeds have their tails docked.
I would have to say that individuals that view desexing as cruel are at the height of ignorance. Unless one is breeding then one should have all pet dogs desexed; this is done for the good of the dog. In females, if they are spayed entails an extremely low risk of ever developing mammary cancer and pyometra which are both life threatening, besides not bringing more unwanted dogs into the world and in males it would mean a cleaner dog which isn't obsessed with cocking its leg every 2 seconds, a dog that is not as prone to wander and it also helps towards some aggression problems brought on by too much testosterone and also cuts down the risk of cancer of the prostrate gland; not to mention the frustration that an entire male dog would have to endure.
I know that it's mostly men that have a problem with getting their male dog's balls chopped off, perhaps it has something to do with not wanting to become a eunich themselves so hence they feel that they shouldn't do to their dog what they wouldn't want done to themselves, lol. Am I right guys, or am I right??
***Edited By: Cassandra on 2/2/2006 12:21:07 AM*** Reason: added