I wanted a cocker working strain with his full tail and was fortunate to find a breeder that didn t dock them and i am so glad as he really shows a lot of expression with his and as i have no intention of working him it didn t need to be docked. The second was sixteen months old when i adopted her with tail already docked.
I was wondering whether any of you had piccies of your cocker spaniels with a full tail.
Cocker spaniel with full tail. On may 13 a cocker spaniel was stolen from stow cum quy while on may 21 a spaniel was stolen from newborough peterborough but returned after a social media campaign by the owners. Tail docking does have consequences on the animal. I have in the past had two springer spaniels who were working dogs before i had them and they both had docked tails.
As any other dog a tail of a cocker spaniel performs an essential role in species communication. By means of the tail a dog is able to show its mood cheerfulness aggression excitement for example. I loved both my dogs equally.
However today s cocker spaniels are kept mostly as pets rather than hunters. Because of its docked tail the cocker spaniel resorts to a spread stance for static balance it seems tail docking has behavioral effects on dogs as well. Breeders would use a sharp pair of shears for the task.
Tail docking also effects the dog s balance and gait. Docked tails a vital characteristic of cocker spaniels. Psychologist stanley coren states dogs with no tail are twice as likely to be involved in aggressive encounters than those with tails.
His curious nature will keep you on your toes for many years to come and the unconditional love he provides will fill your home with love and laughter. The reason tails were docked was to prevent injury as the dog ran through heavy brush while flushing game. I know that this might sound a little odd but i have just put a deposit on a two week old cocker spaniel who will have a full tail.
He will arrive to you up to date on his vaccinations along with a full nose to tail vet check. I think that it is barbaric to dock a cocker spaniel s tail. I have owned two beautiful cocker spaniels.
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. What a handsome boy you have found here. Forest is an adorable guy that is fun to be around.
You may have seen adult cocker spaniels particularly those that are at dog shows or from show related breeders that have very short stumps where you would normally expect to see a tail. The first one was ten years old when i adopted him with a full beautiful tail. Also a tail helps to maintain the balance in the environment especially during swimming.