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Mike B.
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From: Renton, Washington
Registered: 12/15/07
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 12:45:09 AM     view Mike B. profile  reply to this message  send private message to Mike B. 

Can anyone tell me the purpose of "docking" a Russian Spaniel"s tail or any dog's tail for that matter. Mike B.

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tatiana
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From: new jersey
Registered: 02/16/05
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 08:24:57 PM     view tatiana profile  reply to this message  send private message to tatiana 

The purpose of Docking the tail is very utilitarian. Spaniels are very excitable breeds. During the hunt when they feel the bird their tails tend to move very fast like a propeller. In the grass and bushes it usually results in injuries to the tails. You may argue about docking tails in the nonhunting breeds like boxers etc. I don't know whether there was any initial purpose other then estetics. Most spaniel breeds do have there tails docked. They have it at a different length. Now the breed standart for Russian Spaniel only recognises the dogs with docked tails. If the dog doesn't have it done, It is being disqualified from excibitions, competitions and breeding.

Mike B.
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From: Renton, Washington
Registered: 12/15/07
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2008, 11:31:09 PM     view Mike B. profile  reply to this message  send private message to Mike B. 

 Thanks for your reply. Makes sense. I can see how the tail would get pretty torn up in the brush and such if it is spun around.

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