We successfully finished one of the first tailed dogs in Canada - where
they allow both docked and tailed dogs in the show ring (CanCh USRC
NYS'04 SWRYS'03&'04 NCRSA'04 SWRSA'05 Redwood Krest's Friday CS BH).
Now there are MANY finished Canadian Champions! Both AKC and CKC
judges have put up quality dogs, Friday received a 5 point major in
Canada under a
well known, highly regarded AKC judge. When I approached him after the show
and told him "Thank you for finding my dog with the tail." he simply replied
"What's not to find, he is a beautiful, correct Rottweiler and the tail
doesn't make a bit of difference." Hmmm, Apparently the judges are still
able to assess a dog's structure with a natural tail.
...tail selection will
suddenly move from no consideration at all to major consideration in the
selection of breeding stock"
We have had many litters with natural tails and have found no
need to change our breeding program to accommodate some imaginary problem
with the tails or structure. Despite the fact that they were previously removed, the tails
still knew what they were supposed to be if left intact. Ring tails and kinked tails do occur - in
some bloodlines more than others - however they have no impact on the health of the
dog, they are a simple cosmetic fault.
"...a long tail would
probably become injured by beating it against the wall, the table, etc."
A Rottweiler is no more prone to tail injuries than any other natural tailed dog.
Would it be logical to argue that all dogs breeds should be docked to protect against tail
injury? Tail sprains and injuries happen to all natural tail breeds but this has never
been used as a reasonable argument to support docking of all dog breeds.
Docked or natural in the U.S. is purely personal
preference. The presence of a tail has not, and will not change the structure of the breed,
it is the breeders that change the structure of the breed. In
the United States of America, ALL Rottweiler fanciers should striving for
the same thing...
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE!