Are dog tails bone?

Asked By: Annabel Spinka
Date created: Thu, Jan 7, 2021 7:58 PM
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The tail is actually an extension of the dog's backbone.

Some dog tails are long, while others are itty-bitty stubs barely poking out of their bums.

The fast-paced appendage is made up of muscles and bones that work together to create movement.

Answered By: Gunnar Upton
Date created: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 10:01 PM

It's commonly believed that dogs wag their tails to convey that they are happy and friendly, but this isn't exactly true.

Dogs do use their tails to communicate, though a wagging tail doesn't always mean, "Come pet me!" Dogs have a kind of language that's based on the position and motion of their tails.


Here's the long and short of it.

Historically, tail docking was thought to prevent rabies, increase a dog's speed, and prevent injuries.

For hunting and herding breeds, tails could collect burrs and foxtails, causing pain and infection.

The longer tails of herding dogs could also be caught in gates behind livestock.


Tail docking is the term given to the surgical removal of puppies' tails for cosmetic purposes.

There are over 70 breeds of dog that traditionally have had their tails cut off a few days after birth.

The reason some breeds and not others are docked is simply because of the fashion set for that particular breed.


Poultry and pork bones, or cooked bones of any kind, are strictly forbidden.

They splinter into shards that can cause choking and serious damage to the dog's mouth, throat, or intestines.

Many veterinarians say that raw meat bones are the best bones for a dog.

It's best to give a bone to your dog after a meal.


No problem. These dogs go without tails (or much of a tail, anyway), and they like it that way.

While many dog breeds have traditionally had their tails docked, these 7 breeds are born without a wagger.

They include the French bulldog, Boston terrier, Welsh corgi, and some lesser-known beauties, too.


Now, your dog knows that if he brings his bone to you, you may react the same way and reward him with your love and attention.

It is a call for love.

Dogs will also use your lap as a form of support for chewing their bone.

Sometimes, they will chew it in your lap because your body acts as a form of support.


The reason some breeds and not others are docked is simply because of the fashion set for that particular breed.

Each breed has an arbitrary standard for where the tail should be cut off.

The RSPCA is opposed to the cosmetic tail docking of dogs because the procedure is unnecessary and compromises the welfare of dogs.

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