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    Never heard of a Cavalier being docked The beauty of them, in addition to their incredibly sweet personalities, is that beautiful tail. But then, I think docking in general is wrong anyway.
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    If thing like this are done for cosmetic reasons-- I wouldn't do it. But --- hunting dogs have broken tails and ripped dewclaws while in the brush. That can be life threatening-- .
    I have a pup with a rear dewclaw-- now that shocked me. sandy

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    Remi has dew claws on 3 of her paws, and our vet recommended that we get them removed if we were going to let her interact with our rabbit, Jupiter. The vet said that if for some reason Remi tried to swipe or box Jupiter with a paw the dew claw could scratch the bunny. For that reason alone we were planning on going ahead and having the dew claws removed while she was getting spayed. Plus her dew claws seems so weak I'm afraid they could get caught on something...and the nails curl so much I don't want them to start growing into her skin or something. I guess I didn't think having the dew claws removed was cruel, it doesn't hurt them, does it?

    Maybe we should rethink it, I just don't want her to accidentally scratch the bunny with them.
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    Charleys' dew claws had been removed when we got him.

    Should be alright while under anaesthetic, they repair hernias at that time.

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    Neither of mine has any of their dew claws.
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    I talk about my lab alot, but I havent mentioned I had a doberman when I was in my late teens. I sort of inherited it - as in my sister picked up my show money I won for the Hunter Classic with my horse and then directly gave it to another rider who's dog had pups on the circuit. I saw it when I went to the hotel room, next day I asked for my cheque, um ya.. she had quite the time explaining that one! Then she moved out leaving me the dog? He was untrainable! I got him a "shrink", not aggressive at all, just missing a few rocks - a bit of inbreeding. Eventually, I came home from school and my mom had arranged for the vet to rehome him...nuff said there - there were fireworks needless to say...

    Anyways, I had him docked and ears done because... that's the way they look. I know he was up and about in 1 day, full steam in 2 days. My lab took alot longer with her spay and was much more worn out.

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    It wasn't until Amber's breeders commented that Holly still had dewclaws and needed them clipped- which they did, there and then- that I even realised she still had them. I read a book on cockers a long time ago saying that dewclaws were always removed since they can potentially curl out and stick into the skin. The author hunted with her dogs as well as showing them, so for a working Cocker who could also get stuff caught on them.. that's reasonable.

    I have to admit that while I agree tail docking is wrong, undocked Cockers look 'off' to me. It throws the proportions of a rather square dog off balance. But then, that could simply be the result of poring over too many Cocker books as a kid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_T
    I have to admit that while I agree tail docking is wrong, undocked Cockers look 'off' to me. It throws the proportions of a rather square dog off balance. But then, that could simply be the result of poring over too many Cocker books as a kid!
    Nar I prefer Cockers with tails. Over my local park there are now more cockers with tails than without. My heartbreaks when my brothers’ Cocker tries so hard to wag her stump, she just can’t seem to get across how happy she is. I swear she could wag her tail as mad as Cavalier if she been given the chance.

    I did see one black Cocker, which had a pure white tail. It was before they stopped docking so it was a strange site anyway. But I must admit it did look like someone had come along and stuck a fake tail the dog.

    I found this link Karlin had put on before on how dogs look like with their tails.

    http://www.anti-dockingalliance.co.uk/page_5.htm
    Davy, SinE&Ella
    & sometimes Cassie the cocker AKA 'the black shadow''

    ~Blind Dogs See With Their Hearts♥~
    My cavalier not spoilt...I'm just well trained!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne117
    Sorry to say just as bad in England, lots of breeds here have their tails docked and dew claws removed.
    The Kennel Club have recently passed a new bill to ban the docking of tails in the UK. Not sure when it will come into effect though.

    Working dog owners are actually against the ban because they say the tail needs to be docked because it can get injured.

    Personally, I think all docking and dew claw removal should be banned and if anyone wants it done, they should wait til the dog is old enough to have an anaesthetic and have it done that way and be charged an extrorionate amount for it.

    I strongly believe a dog's tail is there to show how happy it is.

    Alison

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibunnylady
    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne117
    Sorry to say just as bad in England, lots of breeds here have their tails docked and dew claws removed.

    Personally, I think all docking and dew claw removal should be banned and if anyone wants it done, they should wait til the dog is old enough to have an anaesthetic and have it done that way and be charged an extrorionate amount for it.

    Alison
    I don't like docking personally but in my breed pups can be born with very bent tails so it is neccessery to dock them at a few days old for their future wellbeing.

    But docking an adult ( or older puppies ) tail is a horrible procedure , I talked to a specialist about it a couple of weeks ago , he said there is a huge risk of infection & its very, very painful not something that should be done withought a very good reason .

    I do know of people who have bought pups with full tails & had them docked for the show ring.
    I had a fight with one woman , She put her perfect new pup through an anisthetic for the sake of the tip of its tail , it was barely noticable it had even been done.

    Did anyone see that program a few months ago about cosmetic surgery on pets , The pitbull pups who had their ears cropped & were screaming when they woke up , then they went all shriveled up when they had healed so they looked even worse.
    Thankgod its illegal here

    I just dont understand why people put there dogs at risk for the sake of looks . We lost a dog after an eye surgery & that was bad enough , imagine the guilt you would feel if they died during something like ear cropping that was purely for your own ego

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