The first is to protect the dog from injury when he is working. If your cocker has a fracture the tail is usually droop right at the position of the break.
I have a working cocker who s tail was docked by a third so still plenty of lovely tail left to wag.
Cocker spaniel puppy with docked tails. A large proportion of a spaniel s work is conducted in thick cover this can be anything from. The procedure can no longer be carried out for cosmetic purposes but it is legal for certain working dogs. Breeders would use a sharp pair of shears for the task.
There are different ways to dock the dogs tails. In some countries like the united states they still do it and recommend it because the cocker spaniel dog s tail gets to bushy that it will pick up all kinds of things and become a big mess pretty quick. The reason tails were docked was to prevent injury as the dog ran through heavy brush while flushing game.
I was the same as you op before getting him as felt a bit uneasy but was very reassured by the breeder who worked the mother who explained about the injuries working dogs can get to their tails. If your cocker spaniel has a tail break or sprain your dog may whine or yelp if you try to touch the injured area. Tail docking does have consequences on the animal.
Tail docking is common in cocker spaniels and some of the other spaniel breeds and is generally carried out for two reasons. Also it is painful for a dog to wag its tail. Tail docking yes or no.
The first one was ten years old when i adopted him with a full beautiful tail. I loved both my dogs equally. Keeping in mind the welfare of the cocker spaniel breed and the function it was bred to perform and as applies to all flushing spaniels the board of directors of the american spaniel club continues to support docked tails for cocker spaniels and all flushing spaniels as an important characteristic required by the breed s function as.
3 beautiful working cocker spaniel puppies 2 chocolate boys 1 lemon and white boy 6 weeks old tails docked been wormed and will be microchipped and vaccinated. I think that it is barbaric to dock a cocker spaniel s tail. Docked tails a vital characteristic of cocker spaniels.
However today s cocker spaniels are kept mostly as pets rather than hunters. It has always been a contentious subject and in recent years tail docking except for specific breeds has been banned in england wales and scotland. This is the main reason that the tails are docked.
Anyone that has seen a working cocker hunting for game will know just how vigorously they wag their tails. However these regulations were changed in june 2017 so that working dogs can now be docked and that legally docked dogs can be shown in scotland. Tail docking means that part of a dog s tail is removed.
There is a swelling or bruise on the tail. A dog is restless. In 2010 the northern ireland assembly introduced the welfare of animals act ni which bans the docking of dogs tails and includes an exemption for certified working dogs of the spaniel terrier.
Bobbie i have owned two beautiful cocker spaniels. The second was sixteen months old when i adopted her with tail already docked.