Tail Docking


AS OF 8/06/10 Tail Docking Procedure.

All our tail docking is done by my vet's or my docking experts hand we glue and stitch it shut to help it heal quickly and the puppies have much less pain when it is stitched. All that do our docking do have past medical experience and I do not advice inexperienced persons to stitch...

I personally do not like tail docking even though I do do it for our dogs. I feel it is a necessary evil. There are two reasons I dock the tails of all our dogs: First for our Poodles and Cockers, I feel why offer quality dogs if they do not meet the standards of their breed... And that is a big reason I dock the tails of our Poodles, Giant Schnauzers, and Cocker Spanials. Cockapoos are a little different. I cut the tail of those because they are a very small breed dog and their tail can be easily slammed in your door without you even noticing it because of their tiny size. Some of our Cockapoos are very small and if that were to happen to a dog it may need to be anesthetized to remove the damaged tail and small breed dogs not weighing much are at higher risk of death if anesthesia is overdosed accidentally during surgery, because of their tiny size, and yes it does happen more often than you think... Giant Schnoodles are big puppies but again have risk of death with surgery. Many people want the tail short and so will elect to get it done when the puppy is several months old and the same anesthesia risk and usually you can not find a vet that would do that on a older pup anyways... In larger breeds the long heavy tail can knock over small children, lamps, and elderly and the infirm, it can also be a hazard for wheel chairs or farm equipment. Some breeders that like a long tail will say they have to have a long tail for swimming which is just not true at all. Our dogs love the water and will swim for hours and can use the short tail we leave intact as a rutter just as easily as a long tail.

 If you want your puppy's tail left long I will gladly do it but you must let me know before the puppy is 3 days old. I can also take a deposit for a future puppy and leave it's tail long for you if you like. Many of the puppies on our site have long tails because the owner of the bitch used our stud and decided to leave a long tail on their puppies. So you will need to ask about individual puppies. Only all my PERSONAL puppies from my own females will definately have their tails cut and sometimes others elect to do it as well...  I would like to say that tail docking is not something I endorse but it is a necessary procedure if you are sticking to breed standards and for the other reasons I listed above. The only thing I can do is make sure I do it with the best most painless method and have the experience to make sure it is done correctly.

Tails are usually docked on 2-7 day old puppies, without either general or local anesthesia. We usually do it right at day 3. When  the procedure is done the tail is first dipped in alcohol, and then clamped a short distance from the body, and the portion of the tail outside the clamp is cut away. Many breeders dock their pups themselves using a method that has been proven to be far more painful - "banding," or tying off the tail. This stops the blood supply, which results in dry gangrene. The dead portion of the tail usually falls off about three days later. This can be likened to slamming your finger in a car door - and leaving it there. We first clean and disinfect it with alcohol, pinch it with a clamp to stop the blood and cut it with the scalpel and then stitch and glue it shut to close it completely up. I also cut the dew claws at the same time. The whole procedure only takes 2 minutes from start to finish.

Puppies undergoing any method of tail-docking squeal and cry, yet advocates assert that the newborn's nervous system is unable to feel the pain. They point out that puppies immediately crawl to their mothers to nurse. But don't all hurt or frightened children immediately cry for their mommy? Moreover, research indicates that suckling causes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers, which may be a more realistic way to view the puppies' desire to nurse. Docking advocates ignore the fact that a newborn puppy simply is not capable of a wide range of responses. It is very difficult to accurately assess the degree of pain a newborn is experiencing. In my experience puppies cry for a minute and then whine under their breath for a few hours after that, then they are fine by the end of the day. So they are in some pain for a few hours and I think like a new born human baby they forget the pain by the next day...

To stick close to the AKC standard I have to dock the tail of the Poodle, Giant Schnauzer, and Cocker Spanials and I advice everyone to write to the AKC to ask them to change their standards for this breed so it is no longer necessary. Again if you want the tail left long and natural you can let me know before the litter is born or up to 3 days old and I will gladly leave it long for you...

So in conclusion: All my personal puppies get their tail docked at 3 days old unless you notify me before that time to leave it long...Call about individual puppies because on occasion I will have a litter with long tails available.   Call to discuss if altyou like.

Thanks, Kristina 816-682-0265 or 816-293-5155



(LEFT) Cockapoo with long tail. Not one of ours but shows the long tail well. (RIGHT) Cockapoo with short tail. One of our past puppies with a docked tail.