Re: Tail docking in Hungary
Our undocked GSP is hyper (even for a GSP), runs full speed through brush all day, and has never had a tail injury. I suspect there is some fear peddling about future tail injuries to justify infant docking.
The controversy is too close to infant circumcision controversy in North America for myself to be comfortable with docking.
Here, people justify circumcision saying it reduces penile cancer. This is true, except penile cancer is so rare that a reduction in rates is meaningless. I understand tail injury rates have increased in Europe some significant amount post ban, but how many dogs need to be docked to prevent one injury?
They say, better as an infant than an adult, an infant won't remember it. Except it is proven through MRI study that infant circumcision causes permanent changes in the limbic system (emotional center of the brain). In humans at least an adult can understand the trauma, and less than 1/500 intact human men need alterations at a later point. No way pups sleep through docking, they are in shock. I don't believe for a second they don't feel it or their nervous systems are undeveloped, they feel pain. The brain is more neuroplastic in infancy than adulthood, so the impact of trauma is greater.
There are many other analogies. I fear that people will come up with all sorts of BS to support a cultural preference.
Plus, intact tails are more expressive.