So I am from Europe originally and in our home country it is illegal for the vast majority of people to dock tails and/or ears. Only certified hunters are allowed and even though most of them leave their dogs naturally.
It really creeps me out to see docked dogs. I mean, why dock the tail of a Weimaraner that is never going to hunt? Of a mini that is never going to herd? Dock the ears of Dobis so they look "better"?
Does anyone understand me? Was a reason for me to pick a BC, too. I was looking into Aussis and Minis but most breeders seemed very opposed to leaving the tails undocked.
I agree with the ear thing. Pretty sure a lot of Aussies are born with nubs for tails. There is one in class that has only one fourth of a tail it was that way from the start. I don't know if the tails on rotties or dobies are natural or not but I think they would look creepy WITH full tail. Probably because I have not seen them that way. I kinda think the butt wiggle on an Aussie is cute. I was consindering the Aussie when I chose border collie but I liked the more natural dog leanness and characteristics of the border.
I could be wrong but AKC set the standards for the rotties and dobies to have docked tails so the breeders here must do all the pups because that may be what people expect. There may be the rare ones that don't but as I said I have never seen them.something about short hair dogs tails bug me. Maybe because I love the way longer haired dogs fan out and blow in the wind. I like to brush them run my fingers through them. The short hair just looks like one giant wiry stiff hair, or some strange appendage to me. But I am a long hair racist. It's a tactile soothing thing. Thus the long hairs would look more appealing to me. Do't get me wrong I was playing with a German pointer and Great Danes last night I don't hate them. Talk about looking sad one Dane was a pup with his ears all taped because they got altered. They DO look much cuter floppy I think.
Talk about dog breedist. I got my feelings hurt last night. I was in the office at the club last night and saw this border collie calendar and made an awe sound. The lady next to me stopped talking to her friend and asked me awe what. Just this border collie calendar. She got this snotty annoyed tone " border collie border collie border collie I hate border collies" (she has an American boxer, and a perfectly lovely one at that, I have helped in her class and handled her dog.) my immediate instinct was to run, but I just got this shocked well I'm sorry out I didn't know. And left as she stumbled through no no that's okay to each his own. I don't know if I talked about the breed or my dog too much, or she is just sick of seeing them around the place or what. I don't think they are the most common dog there. I think I will just shut up and stay away from her not volunteer to help her class.
Sorry to wine, this is the first I have told anyone and it has been bugging me.
I hate docked tails and ears.
Tails are a big part of dog language - must be difficult for other dogs to read a docked dog?
Have you noticed how many dogs with docked tails wiggle their whole butt to wag? That has got to be proof that docking throws off their balance. I've heard that AKC is moving towards changing standards that require tail docking, however any progress that they make is bound to be glacial. I have always preferred breeds that have a natural look.
Gotta love 'em.