Yorkie Tail Docking – Should We Still Be Doing It?
Yorkie With His Tail
Hello, everyone.Thanks for visiting today. Recently Yorkie tail docking has become a very controversial subject.
The veterinary establishment opposes tail docking dogs solely for cosmetic reasons. The A.V.M.A. condemns the practice as an “unjustified mutilation. ” They want to see an end to tail docking from all breed standards.
The Jury’s Out On Docking
Many dog owners, breeders and veterinary surgeons believe docking is perfectly humane when done the right way. Most dog owners think that it prevents far more problems than it causes. They argue that like in the case of neutering docking is simply a reasonable animal management practice. I believe it should stay an option for dog breeders and owners.
Meanwhile the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals have worked very hard to pass laws banning tail docking. Since 2007, many countries have banned this practice.
For example you will see Yorkshire Terriers in Sweden, England or Australia with their natural tails.
The United States
In the United States the view here is split. Some people see Yorkie tail docking as traditional. They advocate maintaining the breed standard admitting that its cosmetic.
Others feel that it’s medically necessary. Those opposed to docking claim that the practice is cruel, painful, and totally unnecessary.
In the US, the large, highly respected American Kennel Club or A.K.C. the official conformation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed is to have a docked tail, to a medium length. If you are planning on showing your dog, you will need to have the docking done.
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