Little debs toy/mini australian shepherds
Why dock tails?
3. To maintain breed standards should the docking of tails be eliminated? Hundreds of otherwise good breeding animals would be removed from gene pools and this could be a huge downfall for the breed.
There are numerous other minor reasons, but these are the BIG THREE.
Most vets use the cut tail method with surgical scissors, using hemostats, to cut off blood supply. There is generally no need for stitches, but on occasions these can be used, especially with the larger breeds. ~We use this method~ _____________________________________________________ Does it hurt?
Docking is carried out when puppies are tiny. Their eyes are not yet open and long experience indicates that if carried out correctly, the procedure causes little discomfort or pain. After docking, puppies will immediately return to their dam to feed, and there is no evidence that development or weight gain is in any way arrested by the docking procedure.Nor does a dog which has been docked as a puppy have any problems with balance or communication.If, however, tail damage occurs during adulthood and docking has to be carried out for therapeutic reasons, normally under anaesthetic, a dog can be seriously distressed and the healing process can be painful and protracted._____________________________________________________ Can I get an Aussie with a tail?There are occasional Aussies available through Aussie Rescue with tails. However, most breeders dock no matter what. But what if you ask before they are docked? If you ask before tails are docked the breeder usually asks for a full payment of the puppy before the tail is left on. I'm sure there are breeders who will not dock. If you want a dog that looks like an Aussie with a tail, try out American Farm Shepherds or English Shepherds.