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Old 01-29-2014, 06:14 AM
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In the end it's still weighing whether docking is more or less important than the other testing and working things being done though.
I think this is the clincher.

What am I more passionate about.

I'd have to say great, ethical breeding.

I'm going to strike up conversation with her. I'm not looking for a dog immediately, but perhaps we can talk and she can enlighten me to a wider circle.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:05 AM
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I don't preffer docking, so I tottaly understand you!
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:38 PM
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I'm on the side of "go for it". Health and temperament > docking. Aussies are my breed; they are traditionally docked for a number of reasons and while I'd be pretty put off by having a breeder leave tails, if it came down to it and they fit literally every single other criteria of mine, well, I'd learn to like tails I guess.
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Having held dozens of screaming tiny baby puppies while they had their tails cut off, I could not do it. I just could not. That's what is more important to me. ymmv.
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Having held dozens of screaming tiny baby puppies while they had their tails cut off, I could not do it. I just could not. That's what is more important to me. ymmv.
Yep. I wish more people could see what actually happens.
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Having held dozens of screaming tiny baby puppies while they had their tails cut off, I could not do it. I just could not. That's what is more important to me. ymmv.
This is why I choose to believe boxers are born with nubby tails.
I hate the process but... am not going to select a breeder JUST because they don't dock.
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This is why I choose to believe boxers are born with nubby tails.
I hate the process but... am not going to select a breeder JUST because they don't dock.
Neither am I, but I will be looking for that within the whole package.
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Having held dozens of screaming tiny baby puppies while they had their tails cut off, I could not do it. I just could not. That's what is more important to me. ymmv.
To be fair it wasn't dozens... but I was there for a litter being docked and they all just squeaked and then went back to scooting around...

I'm not all gung-ho about the process, mind you, I mean it is what it is I have a dog who is docked and I love his breeder anyway and love him just the way he is but perhaps it depends on the method?
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To be fair it wasn't dozens... but I was there for a litter being docked and they all just squeaked and then went back to scooting around...

I'm not all gung-ho about the process, mind you, I mean it is what it is I have a dog who is docked and I love his breeder anyway and love him just the way he is but perhaps it depends on the method?
I don't know that there's too many docking methods?

Every puppy I've held has screamed his/her tiny lungs out. But they're too underdeveloped to be able to do anything about it other than scream. Granted, I guess I'd rather see people doing surgical docking vs banding...
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There are different methods to remove the tail. All of the Dobermans I've seen done are fine and there is little to no reaction to the docking.


Heath and temperament is much more important to me than tail or no tail
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