The Tail Docking Ban
Implemented in 2007, this makes it illegal to dock a dog's tail for cosmetic purposes (however this can still be carried out on any dog for medical purposes). In Scotland, there is an outright ban; in England Hunt Point Retrieve types, Terrier types and Spaniel types are allowed to be docked if it can be proven (before they are 5 days old) that they will be used for working. In Wales, specific breeds (& no cross-breeds)from the same types as England can have their tails docked if again, it can be proven that they will be used for working. It was strongly argued that docking prevents a dog injuring its tail however many feel that the dog loses a way of expressing itself - everyone can identify a happy dog by its waggy tail!!
Wildlife Rescue - Dog Tail Docking - Debate of the Day
This site has lots of information Tail docking information from the Council of Docked Breeds
- What is the law where you live?
- Are you for or against docking? and Why?
- Would you ever get a docked dog?