You will have seen that the puppies in our photos have tails. There are several reasons that we no
longer dock the tails of our Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies:
- First of all it is a very traumatic experience for puppies less than 4 days old (the time period in which
the docking must be performed).
- Secondly, there is no real reason to dock the tails. The practice was initiated in England long ago as a
means of avoiding a "luxury tax". Dogs with docked tails were presumed to be working dogs on farms,
while those with tails were considered pets, or luxury dogs.
- Thirdly, the tails are a valuable part of the dog's anatomy. Not only does it provide balance, but the
tail is also an indicator of mood or emotion in social interactions with other dogs.
- Fourthly, the practice has been actually against the law in England for several years. In fact, if you see
documentary footage of Queen Elizabeth and her Corgis, you will see the little white-tipped tails