Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its DoneKeith
Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its Started.
Tail docking is the practice of removing a dog’s tail without anesthesia when it is a puppy. It is a procedure that has been restricted or banned in many parts of the globe, but is still popular in The US and Canada.
The first recorded incidence of tail docking was in Ancient Rome; Roman shepherds believed that removing the top of a dog’s tail on the “puppy’s fortieth day” stopped rabies.
Later, hunting dogs’ tails were docked to prevent injury, a theory still common today.
In the 18th century there was taxation on all dogs unless they were working dogs. Working dogs’ tails were subsequently cut off to distinguish them from the non-working dogs, which of course led to owners cutting off their non-working dogs’ tails to avoid being taxed.
Apparently, the reason dogs’ tails are still docked today likely comes from a book of 1891 titled The American Book of the Dog, which idealizes tail docking and ear cropping as the “proper look.”
Some people say tail docking is not just an aesthetic preference; proponents of the procedure say that tail docking prevents injury later in life. For guard dogs, a longer tail could be grabbed to thwart an attack, and for hunting dogs, a longer tail risks being injured in the undergrowth.
The thought is that you can’t injure a limb you don’t have. According to a 2010 survey of 138,212 dogs in Great Britain, not only was there a negligible difference in tail injuries between working and non-working dogs (without tails v. with), but the risk of a dog injuring his/her tail was only 0.23 percent. That means that 500 dogs would have to be docked in order to prevent one tail injury.