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
- 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 wagging