Rottweiler Tail vs Docked

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Rottweiler Tail vs Docked

We wanted to let everyone know our position on Rottweilers and tails. At the current time, we dock tails on most Rottweiler litters. The Rottweiler litter normally determines our decision. If we get more international customers interest in a litter, we will keep the tails to benefit our clientele. Some international buyers would not be allowed to compete with their Rottweiler with a docked tail. Also, a breeders goal is to one day produce that perfect Rottweiler litter and next Rottweiler world champion. If you were to cut the tail on the Rottweiler litter, you also cut the their career short of ever succeeding outside of the United States. My overall preference is a docked tail. I live in the United States and I follow the AKC standards. I am going to share some other points on the tail...

I understand when everyone thinks of a Rottweiler, they think of a docked tail. But that should not be reason enough to continue the tradition. History states that Rottweiler tails began to be docked to prevent injury. However, Rottweilers are not primarily used in extreme situations any longer such as in the military or police where their tails would get in the way. Also, consider the other hundreds of breeds which have tails, and do not injure themselves.

People can also debate the cruelty factors forever. There are tons of literature out there used to persuade the reader to believe one way or another. I have read articles that said cropping a Rottweiler's tail is painless because they do not have any nerves in their tails at only 3 days old. What I do know is when a Rottweiler puppy's tail is clipped, yes, he or she does holler. Yes, they do cry for the next 2-3 days, especially when their bottom is bumped by another puppy. So, this tells me it is extremely painful. The Rottweiler puppy also does not eat as well for the next 2 days. After a few days the Rottweiler puppy does return to itself again. Now I do know that their are many breeders in the USA who keep the natural tails. I also know that they tell their buyers that the tails can still be removed after they receive their puppy, if they do not want the tail. This is true. There are many vets in the USA that will remove an 8 week old puppy's tail. Personally, I think this is extremely cruel and pointless. At this age, removing a tail is major surgery. I personally visualize it as an amputation and think it should not be allowed. That is just my opinion. If you do not want a tail, purchase a puppy with a docked tail. Please do not consider amputating a tail after the first few days of birth.

What I want to discuss is something that I rarely see on these Rottweiler tail debating pages or articles. We hear how the natural tail benefits the Rottweilers health at birth. I understand that a natural tail avoids the two days of stress and any possible infection, but that is it. We are told that a tail helps their natural balance. I personally think this is more of a myth. Rottweilers have been competing for over 100 years and a docked Rottweilers moves just as well as a Rottweiler with a natural tail. What I want to talk about, is how a Rottweiler tail can benefit your safety. Unfortunately, the beautiful Rottweiler breed has gotten a bad reputation in the past 5-10 years. You occasionally hear of a Rottweiler bite or attack on the news, and it is very disturbing to myself as a Rottweiler breeder. It has brought us to the point, where some states want to ban some breeds indefinitely. Now this is another argument for another day, but consider the following... Rottweilers attack for two reasons primarily. First, a Rottweiler can attack simply because he is aggressive due to a lack of socialization or poor breeding. Second, a Rottweiler can attack because he is scared, again, due to a lack of socialization or poor breeding. Now, if you were approaching a dog and he was snarling and barking at you, you would walk away right? It would be clear to you that this dog was aggressive. Well, what if you approach a dog and he is scared... would you be able to tell? Let's say he is bowing down and lowering his head. You might think he is inviting you to pet his head. So you reach out your arm to pet him or her and OH MY GOODNESS, you get bit or possibly attacked. What happened? Maybe you did not see it because he did NOT have a tail. If he had a tail, you could see it curled in between his legs and you would have known he was scared, and feeling very threatened. Instead, this dog attacked you to protect himself, because HE was scared. Now I know this is not the case in all bite cases, but I think a tail might have helped prevent SOME bite cases. I also think we all agree some is better then none. Can our loved look of a docked tail be hurting the breed? Possibly. Or, should buyers be more responsible? Nobody should have a dog if they cannot put the time into socializing and training their dog. This is important to the dogs health, and others.

Another funny point is when I have people come by and look at my dogs; most people are amazed with their personality and beauty, they overlook the tail. I have had numerous people say, I did not even notice the tail. Personally I think tails are great and are excellent for showing an inexperienced person a dog's emotion. However, I still love the look of the docked tail. That is one feature that made me fall in love with the Rottweiler breed over 20 years ago. I am not trying to persuade you one way or another. I am simply trying to let you see pros and cons of the Rottweiler tail.

The law banning all forms of docking and clipping was passed in Germany in 1999. Now in 2016, the majority of countries follow FCI standards. I do believe all forms of docking or clipping of all breeds will eventually be banned everywhere, including the great USA, within the next few years. Whether it does or not, we hope people can learn to accept the Rottweiler with or without a tail. Like I said above, we dock some litters and don't on others. Tails do not affect a Rottweilers beautiful personalities. If you are basing your purchase on whether or not a Rottweiler has a tail, this is ridiculous. Base your decision on the Rottweiler's pedigree, Sire and Dam, temperament, personality, beauty, but NOT their tail. We simply love the Rottweiler breed unconditionally, tail or no tail, and hope you can too.

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