>> Bird Dog and Field Trial Clubs ** IWWO Animal Welfare Inspectors
The docking of the tails of certain bird dog breeds is a practice that has been carried out for centuries in order to prevent injury and pain. These working bird dog breeds have to work through heavy vegetation, often thorny, where their fast tail action can easily lead to torn and bleeding tails that are painful and extremely difficult to treat.
It is important to bear in mind that, in breeds where tail docking has been done for a hundred year and more, there has been no selection for shorter or stubbier tails. The tails of such dogs are unusually long and floppy and thus exeptionally prone to injury.
Functional tail docking is a humane procedure that, when properly carried out, prevents serious injury and distress. Unlike neutering, tail docking is far less stressful with no hormonal or other side effects. Wingshooters, breeders of working dogs, field trial clubs and veterinarians who own bird dogs agree that If tail docking is banned, the dogs would suffer and that failure to dock the tails of puppies destined to be working dogs constitutes animal cruelty. This position is endorsed by the SA Wingshooters Association, the Hunt, Point and Retrieve Field Trial Association, the Working Spaniel Association, the Weimaraner Club and the Field Trial Liaison Council of KUSA which represents all bird dog field trial organisations in South Africa.
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>> Tail Docking in Bird dogs
The docking of the tails of certain gundog breeds is a practice that
has been carried out for centuries in order to prevent injury and pain.
Docking is a humane procedure that, when properly carried out, prevents serious
injury and distress.
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