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Old 09-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just bought a 9 week old female Cane Corso. First time I am buying this breed and excited about raising it. Was looking for a German Shepherd but that is on hold until I can find a good breeder (may have to import one myself).

I am not prepared to crop the ears (prefer the natural look) but I'm not sure if I should dock the tail. I'd like to leave it alone and have no intentions on showing the dog. Anyone can say if there's a good reason to dock the tail? From what I've read it's a practice that dates back to the hunting origins so really can't see a reason to do it in a family dog.

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Old 09-19-2010, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Everyone I know who has docked their dog's tail did it because they were competitive hunting dogs. The docked tail was meant to keep burrs and thorns and things out because they could sometimes cause infection. If yours is just a family dog, I'd say leave well enough alone.

Congrats on your Cane Corso! They're beautiful!
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I'd leave it. We got our Poodle from an AKC certified breeder, and his tail was docked almost immediately after he was born. Had I known better, I would have requested it not be cut.
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I'd leave it unless you plan on showing and keeping with breed standard. Otherwise, just unnecessary pain to put them through. Congrats on the new pup!
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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its against the law here in the uk now i think. i cant see the point in it unless they are hunting dogs.would just leave it be if it was my dog i think they look better with a tail and ears anyway :)
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From what I've been reading I realise that the practice is declining now. Also it should have been done when the pup was just 2 or 3 days old - it'd be painful now. I will check with the local kennel club to see if it's necessary if I decide to show her. The mother was shown so I'm hoping mine turns out OK but I'm noticing one or two undesirable traits such as some white fur on one of her rear toes.
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Nice breed of dog.

Aside from showing the dog, the only other reason I've heard for dock the tail is to keep that powerful wagging tail from knocking things over on coffee tables, shelves, etc. But if the dog has plenty of room to roam, it shouldn't matter. When we got our boxer we didn't have a choice. The tail was already docked. In hindsight, it was probably better, because she can get quite excited and wiggles all over the place.
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Yes, tail wagging aside..
I've seen a few dogs break their tails.. 2 were doberman's and another one was a neo. mastiff...
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I have a pointer/lab mix and people tell me she should have had her tail docked. However, I just couldn't do it.
Her tail is a little too powerful for her body and when she gets really excited her whole body wiggles. It's really funny, her tail actually smacks her ribs and makes a "whack, whack" sound.
Leave the tail, it gives them personality.
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It def wouldn't be fun for a 9 week old pup. Cutting through an extension of the spine for aesthetic reasons seems cruel to me, but to each their own. I like natural dogs.

On the flip side, my two dogs I've had... an Aussie and a Toy Fox Terrier both came with docked tails. I never quite appreciated them so much until I visit my parents and the Viszla/Lab mix clears coffee tables whenever he's happy. But if I were given a choice with either of my dogs I wouldn't have done it. I like happy tails :)
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I like happy tails :)
^+1; also there is nothing better on a sunday afternoon than watching a happy dog chase its tail around in circles..
Our Bella is a lab, she needs her tail for a rudder..
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It def wouldn't be fun for a 9 week old pup. Cutting through an extension of the spine for aesthetic reasons seems cruel to me, but to each their own. I like natural dogs.
Happy tails ftw! My dog is a Dobie mix and has his full tail. Yes, he has thwacked me with it hard enough to bruise my knee numerous times over the years, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Docking is a pretty cruel practice, and unless the dog is shown or used for hunting I really don't see the point.
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^+1; also there is nothing better on a sunday afternoon than watching a happy dog chase its tail around in circles..
Our Bella is a lab, she needs her tail for a rudder..
Aaawww, bella's a cutie. My Choc. Lab. just turned 2 a week ago today. He's a great dog and still has his puppy traits. Back to the original poster, I say leave the tail as is. If dogs were meant to have docked tails/ears, then they would be born that way.
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I'm going to follow the general trend of advice here and leave her as she was born.

As hard as I've searched there are almost NO pictures of an adult Cane Corso with a full tail. This is the only pic I came across and interestingly mine has a similar colour pattern.


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Wow. I would dock that bad boy. Look at this beaut:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Corso_(12).jpg

I was going to say no, but after looking through some pictures it looks good. I dunno bout the ages and what not.

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Happy tails ftw! ......
Agree. But happy nubs are so funny looking!!! hahahaa :)

Edit:
Don't crop the tail if you aren't doing the ears. Good luck, have fun!
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