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Why do we Crop/Dock? Point #2 - To Prevent Injury

We have all heard the stories about the occasional Great Dane having tail injuries occurring around the home. These cases in the Dane are not too common, since their tail carriage is low, and they do not tend to be vigorous tail waggers. In the breeds which have been traditionally docked, many for over a century, these injuries are all too common if left undocked. Since docking was banned in Sweden in 1989, there has been a massive increase in tail injuries amongst previously docked breeds. Within the 50 undocked Pointer litters registered in that year with the Swedish Kennel Club, 38% of dogs suffered tail injury before they were 18 months old and in 1991, the number of individuals with tail injuries had increased to 51% of the group. The types of tail injuries included wounded and bleeding tips (on occasion very difficult to heal due to poor blood circulation in the tail), swollen, lame, and or broken tails etc. This in just two years! In one breed alone! But not the only one: http://cdb.org/matty.htm
Tail Docking Fact Sheet.

Here is a case of an undocked Doberman, and the consequences. The dog is just over a year of age, you can see the harness the owner has devised in an attempt to prevent the dogs tail wagging which is causing the injuries. She also shows the blood all over her house that she has to clean on a regular basis. You can see that in this Breed, as in most of the traditionally docked breeds, the undocked tail is very long, whiplike, and unprotected by undercoat or fur. Also, this dog has a very happy disposition, and wags it's tail vigorously when he's happy. To view photographs of the tail damage and subsequent damage to the household, please "click here".

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