Non-docked tail

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Does anyone know of a breeder that doesn't crop tails or from whom I would be able to get a Doberman without a docked tail?

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Have you considered a Rescue doberman?? you can usually find exactly what you are looking for and get some history and information too and they will help to match just the right dog with your lifestyle and needs.

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Hahaha, Tal!

I was just going to say the same thing!

Welcome to the forum, Tim!  I see lots of pups in rescues and shelters that have their tails.

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I also agree that you will mostlikely find exactly what you are looking for at a your local rescue.

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If you're in the US, good breeders are breeding dogs to the doberman standard, which is to crop the tail around 3 days old.  Best bet is to look at a rescue, as typically the kind of breeder that doesn't crop tails is not one that you would want to give money to.  I've never heard of a quality breeder in the U.S. that doesn't crop tails.  Not to say there not out there, but as it is part of the standard, will be tough to find from a good breeder.

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And just to add to the mix: undocked tails are dangerous. They're usually very long and can get broken easily.

( BUT your coffee table will always be clean.)

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Tim,

What is the particular interest in an undocked tail.  Is this a personal preference or is there concern for animal treatment?

If it is a preference I would have to second Lady Kates thoughts on easily broken or injured, also if you have any valuables below approximately 32" in height I would begin building shelves very high to put those things on, and do not put drinks on a coffee table either unless you want stains and spills on your carpet.  One swipe from an undocked Dobey tail will clear anything like statues, decorations, drinks, plates, remotes, pictures completley off of a coffee table or end table.  Not to mention when they are really happy to see you the whipping you will endure is quite painful, that tail really hurts when you get wacked in the shin or kneecap.

If this is a concern for animal treatment, this is your decision to make and an opinion you are entitled to have, but I would add that there are plenty of animals you can get from reputable breeders that will already be docked, but you would not have to have their ears done, unless you so choose.

I will stand by my original suggestion of local rescues as you can most likely find a Dobey with all of its parts intact, and then it is up to your discretion.

JMHO

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Move to Australia ...it's illegal here

But if you don't want to do that (I couldn't imagine why not! ) then I would also suggest a rescue

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You could maybe try getting in touch with a breeder before their mama dog has her pups, and let them know that you would like one without it's tail docked. Most breeders will probably prefer to have the dog at it's breed standard. But you may be able to find one willing to keep a puppy non-docked for you. Just don't forget that once you choose to not dock his tail, then you have to stick with that decision, as thats something they only do very early in life (within the first week), unless for medical purposes.

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Well thank you very much for the warm welcome and terrific advice. Sounds like the tail is actually more trouble than it's worth. It was just a pereference but it wasn't to big of a deal. Just thought they looked cool.

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I don't think that any responsible breeder is going to leave a tail natural for you.  Responsible breeders try their best to match their puppies to the owners, and it's impossible to know at 3 days if that young puppy is going to be right for you and your family and lifestyle. 

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I wish every day that Bruno's tail was docked! It's very long and very strong. Ane he's just the right height to hit people in the privates. 

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 And I feel for you, wishing Bruno's tail was docked. If I were in your shoes, I would wish that too.  I can imagine the surprised look on your guest's faces. 

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I have always said that a tail on a big dog, any big dog, is a dangerous weapon. My wonderful yellow lab has cleared off his share of coffee tables back in his day.  RIP Duke, you were one in a million.

 

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