Australian Shepherd Tail Docking

by Robyn
(Toronto, ON Canada)

I am looking to purchase a blue merle Aussie Shepherd in the spring of 2011 and have a question about docking.

I would prefer that my new addition does not have a docked tail. How can I ensure I find a breeder that does not dock the tail? Is this something that I can request...?

Please let me know the how to go about this?

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Re: Docked tail
by: Anonymous

You should not have a problem with NOT having your puppies tail docked as long as you have chosen your puppy within 3-5 days old. This is when tail docking/dew-claws are done. As long as you have reserved your puppy, the breeder should abide by your wishes. The breeder will probably make sure however, that the pup is paid for in full. Good luck with your new puppy!

Docking confused
by: Smagee

I am confused...
I thought it was the breeder that docked the tail..then I just watched a youtube video that stated it was a natural dock... so I thought they were born that way.

So are ALL docked?

Re: Docked Tails
by: Anonymous

You are correct. Some aussies are born with naturally docked tails and some are not. Tail docking on all breeds are done between 3-5 days old. By this time, they are strong enough, yet all the nerve endings etc are not fully developed. Yes, it may be painful at the moment of docking but only for a minute. It is done quickly with a little betadine, and a quick clip (some vets use nail clippers)and some skin glue.If one is to wait until after this time, most vets will consider this a tail amputation. This of course will require anesthesia, sutures and most likely pain medication as this is a VERY sensitive part of a dog! After this time, it becomes more painful for them, recovory time is prolonged and more than likely, a touchy subject for quite awhile.
All of my pups had tails docked at 3 days. No further problems or complications..My stud dog got a lump on the end of his tail(nub) at about 6 years old..when removed he was in excruciating pain for almost 2 weeks.He also had a VERY high pain tolerance. In my opinion, if your puppy doesnt have a docked tail when days old,PLEASE,PLEASE do not do this to your dog unless it is a health concern!!! PS Now days, it is acceptable in many breeds to keep the tail. This is a personal choice. I hope this helps.

docked tail
by: Elizabeth

If you want a puppy without a docked tail, the breeder would have to choose the puppy for you since the other pups will most likely be docked. This is just something to consider.

My Aussie has a tail
by: Mary

It took me six years to find a breeder who would allow me to have a dog with a tail. Others acted as though I slapped them in the face when I inquired. Unfortunately, when a pup is chosen at a few days old, you do not know what you are getting. My blue merle turned out to be Alpha with many health problems. Try to do your best to research litters where you can select your pup when their personality can be seen.

why dock me?
by: kaithedog

i am vehemently opposed to tail docking any dog for 'looks.' loss of a tail makes the aussies not as able to swim well. if my breeder does not agree to stop docking, i won't be getting another aussie . just because this was 'in fashion' years ago for aussies does not mean this process should continue.

Tails left on is not a big problem
by: DW

I live overseas and it is illegal to dock the tails where I live. When looking for a puppy in America, I contacted a number of breeders and asked them if they could leave the tail attached. Almost all of them were very nice about this and said that it would be no problem as long as I paid in full and I would have to choose a puppy within the first 3 days. There are what I call the "high-end" breeders who raise their dogs for specific purposes and they usually did not want to do this: they observed the dogs for temperament to place them better, then looked for show dogs, then the rest were for pets. You need to find someone who is responsible in breeding and does all the genetic testing first and then simply ask them.

Docked tails
by: Anonymous

My Aussie has a docked tail and she is a better swimmer than my lab! Can't keep her out of the lake! I am considering getting one with a tail next time but it's hard to tell what their tails will look like...not many in my area with a tail but the breeders will do whatever you want if you pay upfront. I saw one with its tail curled up I didn't like that but if it wags like a normal dog I would like that. Personal preference but it has to be done when they are 2 or 3 days old!

aussie flags
by: ken

Having owned aussies both tailed and docked I
have decided that having the tail is better,
watching them in the field, the tail helps me
know what is happening depending on where/how
they are holding it, in tall grass i can still
spot the tail sticking up like a flag.

Docking best for the breed
by: Anonymous

Australian Shepherds are bred as working dogs and as such it is always best to dock their tails. If yours is just a pet then it doesnt matter but when they work livestock and get tail injuries because someone thought it was mean - just doesnt justify leaving that tail long.

Breeders
by: Karina Calvert - Jones

Hello,
I am looking for an Aussie puppy but want to keep the tail. Does anyone know of a good breeder who will accommodate this. I'm finding they will only leave it on if its a unsightly dog that they could not show.

Keeping the tails
by: Anonymous

I am a breeder out of Texas and I will be having a litter at the beginning of September and I am keeping the tails on the puppies. Most of the puppies will probably have a natural bobbed tail. You can email me at brittanynorthington123@gmail.com

Aussie Tail Docking
by: Roo

Before my first Aussie, I disliked the lack of tail. I thought my puppy would be weird, but I've come to think the exact opposite. My wife and I have owned a few Champion blood line Aussies, and we would not own another if it had a tail. It seems that among high end breeders, it's just something that happens. Yes, you have the history of why they were docked, and that's what the higher end breeders cling on to. It's a purist thing now.
If you want a "tv commercial Aussie," keep the tail. If you are a purist, have it docked.

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