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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tail Docking...

Saw this article recently and got me thinking about the 'pro's' & 'con's' of getting your 'V' docked or not....!
Docking has been banned in my country (Wales UK) since 2007 and we purchased our boy after this date. The only exemption being able to certify that the pups to be docked are from working dogs that can be certified and identified as 'Working' (hunting etc..)

When looking into the breed (V's) with a view to owning/purchasing a dog, we so wanted a docked working pup.

Not long after finally purchasing a pup from a 'Non working' litter with a full intact tail, he damaged the 'Tip' of his tail quite badly, and after many weeks of taped/bandaged up tail we could definitely see the reasoning for the docking of tail's with this breed.
He is now three (3) and constantly cuts the tip of his tail, from just wagging (even when simply greeting) and when out in the field!!
When his tail is damaged our house resembles the waiting room of our local A&E on a Saturday night (wall to wall Blood.. )
We often think that he would have been better of docked as the tip of his tail no longer has hair growth and looks lifeless :-\

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News...n-23032012.htm

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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 07:27 PM
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Ozkar's mum slammed his tail in the door as a pup. We thought we may have to have it docked also. But it healed up OK. Astro also has a lovely long tail as does Zsa Zsa (Hers looks smaller as it turns white near the tip and you almost miss seeing it's tip). We haven't had any issues with them so far, apart from door slamming. But in the bush there has not been an issue.

Having said that, If it were bleeding regularly, I would ask the vet to do it, as it would be more comfortable for the dog in the long run. As much as I love the full tail, If it meant a happier dog, I'd get it done.

Can you gain en exemption based on medical grounds Hobbsy?? Like, I have to get my tail docked cause my dad's a beer monster???


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Poor Ozkar, getting his tail caught by his 'Mum' at such a young age :-\
Very Surprised she's still allowed 'Unsupervised Custody' ??? ;D ;D ;D

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When his tail does get damaged, which seems to be every couple of months lately, we wonder if it will get worse as time goes on, like the scenario in the previous link??
The vet doesn't seem to be too worried about it and Brook definitely doesn't let it worry him, so I suppose we are just rolling with it at the moment :-\
Like i mentioned in the previous post, wether it was just pure vanity on my behalf I always wanted a docked V. As things turned out we found Brook from a small 'Hobby Breeder' and that litter came undocked and hand on heart really 'LOVE' his full length 'Whipping Machine' and I think it is a big part of his personality which I would hate to loose.


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I call them Coffee table clearers Hobbsy............

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http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...l-docking.html

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Interesting read Rod.
With the damage to our boy's tail being very slight, like in the posts in your blog, many start off as light splits to the tail but often turn into something more serious!
Very difficult to treat too, often taking many weeks just to scab over if at all, as we have found.
We hope that our boy's will be OK fingers crossed and gradually become a bit stronger over time.

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I'm glad Laszlo got the 3/4 tail...i think it looks regal! 8)

...he was worth the wait as are all good things
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Just looking at pups and what dogs are about in the UK (like you do on a very wet Bank Holiday in the UK) :-\
Came across this beautiful girl called Copper and looked at the pictures/description of her and noticed her tail which is slightly damaged and may have to have it docked

http://www.dogsblog.com/category/hungarian-vizsla/

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