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
- 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
- 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 wagging proudly.