Docking a cockers spaniel’s tail seems normal but it is anything but. We do it because we are accustom to the look. We are amputating a body part without anesthesia solely for cosmetic reasons. This is something we feel pretty strongly about. Tail docking is painful. It is justified by some saying that puppies that young can not feel pain. That is not true. Over 33 countries have banned tail docking(and ear cropping) because it is cruel. We can only hope that the USA follows soon. Until then it is up to us to protect our dogs. When SCCR has a litter of puppies they will never have their tails docked.
What is tail docking? “Tail docking is the intentional removal of a portion of a dog’s tail. The tail is docked in one of two ways. One method involves putting a rubber band-type ligature around the base, which cuts off the blood supply and causes the tail to fall off in a matter of days. This is the method used by many breeders. The other method is amputation with either surgical scissors or a scalpel. Tail docking is generally done on two- to 10-day-old puppies, without anesthesia. The cut goes through skin, cartilage, nerve endings and bone.” –http://healthypets.mercola.com/
We are not the only ones to disagree with this practice. The American Veterinary Association (AVMA) FAQ has some revealing information on Tail Docking and the AVMA stand on it. On November 26, 2008, the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) took the following official position on ear cropping and tail docking of dogs:
“The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.”
The Americal Kennel Club still promotes this archaic practice by requiring over 60 breeds of dogs to have their tails docked before they can be registered. Their argument is that a “Crop/Dock Bans threaten the rights of all dog owners” We are all for protecting our rights as owners but how about we start by protecting our dogs first.