Ear Cropping and Tail Docking, Pros and Cons

DOG FANCY readers support alerting dog owners to ear cropping and tail docking risks.

By | Posted: Sat May 5 00:00:00 PDT 2001

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  • "I believe that docking tails is good for working dogs and dogs with thin tails, which can be broken if they're whacked against something ."

  • "Some dogs should have their tails docked when they are pups. For example, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds really beat up their tails, especially while being boarded. It can cause lots of trauma and infection."

  • "I have had Boxer pups' tails done when they were 1 day old. I held the pups while it was done and could not discern any pain or distress. Unless it was proven that this procedure caused pain, I would continue to have my dogs' tails docked."

  • "I have a Miniature Schnauzer. A friend who is a breeder told us to get the tail docked or it would be longer than the dog."

  • "I think it is fine for breeds that need their tails docked like the Rottweiler. I have a 3-year-old Rottweiler myself and I think it's cute for him to have a little 'stubbed' tail."

  • "You should dock tails on the breeds that are supposed to have short tails because it's done when they're a day or two old, and they don't know what's happening, and no anesthesia is given."

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Katheryn   Lafayette, Indiana

8/23/2013 8:35:49 AM

I have to write a paper on whether or not I agree/disagree with ear cropping and tail docking based on the veterinarians oath for my undergrad studies. I have always been in favor of tail docking and I do not have a problem with ear cropping. I know many show dogs whom have had both procedures and they are usually better off for it. As long as it is done within the correct time frame and it is done by someone who knows what they are doing, I see no problem with either procedure.

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jordan   madison, Wisconsin

1/10/2013 8:27:03 PM

I first came on here just to see what other people's opinions were. Now, after reading, I'm concerned about the thought processes of some people with respect to their dogs (family.) Why would you change the appearance of an animal just for aesthetic purposes? Yes, it can be traumatic for a dog if his/her tail becomes damaged and/or infected, especially if it happens multiple times; but does this demand a preemptive strike of surgically altering their bodies before said POTENTIAL injuries/complications occur? You should be able to anticipate my opinion from the previous rant.

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Constance   Anchorage, Alaska

11/12/2012 7:55:30 PM

No dog REQUIRES their tails or ears to be mutilated. I'm sorry "good breeders" see mutts (including "designer dogs") as unnatural, awful canine specimens. It's because of "good breeders" that we have breeds of dog that can't be born naturally; their heads are too big to pass and require c-sections. How

And I've yet to see a dog whose tail is longer than its body, thank you VERY much.

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Slicc   Tampa, FL

9/9/2009 11:38:46 PM

i hate when people reguard docking or cropping as "tampering with mother nature" or "altering gods work" EVERY dog breed available is "tampered" with we breed diffrent dogs for diffrent traits take even your newer labradoodles and puggles, thats tampering with mother nature and thats how we've arrived at all our dog breeds today from doberman to husky , find a better statement then tampering with mother nature or altering gods work as well as when did we decide neutering didnt hurt because if u gave a dog a choice between tail docking or neutering the dog would choose docking

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