The first one was ten years old when i adopted him with a full beautiful tail. The thing is that during the hunting the tail of a cocker.
In england puppies can only have tails docked if they are one of the following listed breeds.
Cocker spaniel with tail docked. I have a working cocker who s tail was docked by a third so still plenty of lovely tail left to wag. 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. All cocker spaniels are born with tails.
A cocker spaniel will normally have his tail docked when he is 3 to 4 days old. Tail docking was banned in 2007 in england and wales. Some dogs such as the old english sheepdog and australian shepherd may appear to be docked but may have actually been born with a bobtail or naturally short tail.
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. Dogs with docked tails include cocker spaniels rottweilers and yorkshire terriers. The second was sixteen months old when i adopted her with tail already docked.
Docked tails a vital characteristic of cocker spaniels. Tail docking also effects the dog s balance and gait. The main reason for tail docking in cocker spaniels some traditional cocker look that should be always adhered to spaniels with long tails don t look natural.
The kennel club believes the showing ban on dogs which have had their tails amputated in the best interests of their. Spaniel of any type or combination of type. Currently 62 breeds recognized by the akc have docked tails.
I think that it is barbaric to dock a cocker spaniel s tail. Hpr breed of any type or combination. 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.
The breeding standard for cocker spaniels is to dock the tail. Terriers of any type or combination of type. Tail docking and the law in england and wales.
This tradition begins upon the use of field working cocker spaniels in flushing games. Docking a dog s tail any later than this when the dog is older could cause discomfort and pain and would be unpleasant for any dog which is why the process is undertaken at a. Psychologist stanley coren states dogs with no tail are twice as likely to be involved in aggressive encounters than those with tails.
Bobbie i have owned two beautiful cocker spaniels. Tail docking yes or no. 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 and hunt point retrieve breeds.
Tails should be docked between the age of 3 and 5 days. I loved both my dogs equally. I dock our tails but some breeders take their puppies to their vet to be docked.
The procedure will most likely be performed by a vet and the puppy will quickly recover.