1 to comply with the breed standard. Also a tail helps to maintain the balance in the environment especially during swimming.
The reason tails were docked was to prevent injury as the dog ran through heavy brush while flushing game.
Cocker spaniel without tail cut. 2 if they are working dogs used as hunting dogs to prevent their tails to get hurt. Docking your dog s tail. 3 cocker spaniels don t wage their tails in a lateral motion but in a circular one.
Yes all cocker spaniels are born with tails. However today s cocker spaniels are kept mostly as pets rather than hunters. We adopted our undocked english cocker spaniel when he was 2 3 years old.
No anesthetic is involved and the tails are docked or cut to an appropriate length for the breed. Cocker spaniels are dogs whose tails are clipped for three main reasons. We love his long tail and think every non working cocker should have its tail left intact.
He d been abandoned so we had no history on him. 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. As any other dog a tail of a cocker spaniel performs an essential role in species communication.
This procedure is typically performed on puppies between 3 and 7 days of age. Tail docking does have consequences on the animal. Docked tails a vital characteristic of cocker spaniels.
By means of the tail a dog is able to show its mood cheerfulness aggression excitement for example. Breeders would use a sharp pair of shears for the task. I can t imagine ritz carlton without his beautiful tail.