Q: Should I dock my dog's tail?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 3 answers | Expired: 1630 days ago

Mary T.

The breeder selling me a puppy for a pet (not for show) has given me a tough choice to make: do I want this Standard Poodle’s tail docked?

Chosen Answer

Let your conscience — and the official position of the American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA] on cosmetic tail-docking and ear-cropping — be your guide.

Needless to say, organizations that keep the hallowed breed standards are not happy with the AVMA position, which reads: “The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.”

Best in Show is overrated.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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Readers' Answers (2)

Jul 12, 2010

cease and desist already. yes, roger, your answers are quite astute and blue pearl veterinary partners are lucky to have you. however, zootoo, not so much. your q & a duo is flooding the answers section. the overzealous posting of fictitious questions only aimed to rub the ole' docs inflated ego is not a healthy plug for your business. zootooers do not go back several pages, we focus on the first 2 or 3. all you're doing is forcing honest questions so far back that no one will answer them.
my dog is depressed after losing her best friend {my other dog} just a few weeks ago. i posted a question asking for ideas on what new tricks to teach her - b/c she doesn't want to play and it's too hot during the day for her to go for a walk. my question, and every other viable question, is now lost b/c of all the fun you're having exploiting your expertise.
the answers section is not for your advertising purposes, as i suggested to mary a month ago when she first posted a few articles pertaining to having cats fixed and keeping senior dogs active. please find somewhere else to spread the blue pearl hype, b/c this honestly is not the place.

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Jul 12, 2010

you are not suppose to dock a dogs tale inless there 3days-1week. if you do it after that it could be really harmful.

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