Why are poodles tails docked?

Asked By: Glenna Turcotte
Date created: Sat, Feb 6, 2021 9:32 PM
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Commonly Asked Questions. Why are Poodles' tails docked? Long ago, Poodles were mainly used as water dogs… Because of this, tails were docked to increase swimming speed and the Pompon on the tip of the tail allowed hunters to see where their dog was while in the water.
Answered By: Elva Runolfsdottir
Date created: Sun, Feb 7, 2021 11:35 PM
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Standard Poodles make great watchdogs and some even have mild (and sensible) protective instincts, but this is not an aggressive breed. Their attitude toward people varies from friendly to politely reserved… With other dogs and cats, Standard Poodles are usually peaceful and accepting.
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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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6. Many have naturally short tails. In addition to having a genetic predisposition for heterochromia, Aussies have a one-in-five chance of being born with a naturally bobbed tail,. Ranchers purposely bred Aussies that had these naturally short tails because they are safer when it comes to herding.
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