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Question by wamberto
Submitted on 2/13/2004
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why should i clip the tail? i have a 2 months rottie with a short tail that's not clipped.

Answer by rose
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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i know there not suposed to be show dogs if they don,t have  croped tails, but to be honest if your dog was born to be paraded about a dog ring it would be born with a rossete stuck on its ass


Answer by slattern
Submitted on 3/3/2004
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Originally Rotties were clipped because their tails tended to break and get infected a lot during hunting season. Now it continues to be clipped because after so many generations the tails structure has been warped and can cause more harm than good. Especially if they have a happy, wagging tail.


Answer by Dixie
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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Well, if you have ever seen a full-grown rott without it's tail clipped you would understand. They are huge and tend to get in the way. Honestly, I wouldn't want to get hit with a rott'swaging tail. It's little now but believe me you'll want it clipped later on. Plus, it looks bad ass!


Answer by BuckyBoy
Submitted on 4/14/2004
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Sheesh - Rottweiler tails were originally "docked" at 2 days of age because they were expected to be pulling a cart - the tail would have gotten in the way - in Europe it is now ILLEGAL to "dock" tails.

Any dog who looses their tail past 2 days of age is having the tail AMPUTATED - don't do it


Answer by badizda
Submitted on 5/28/2004
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my 11month rotti has a tail.. it looks good! i agree with slattern, but they need the tail to balance when running and taking sharp turns (works as a rudder)
at this age it would be cruel to "chop" it.


Answer by garberj
Submitted on 7/11/2004
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We're purchasing a rottweiler puppy today. They have some that have had their tails docked and some that have not. To me, it doesn't matter either way in determining which one we choose. If we get one that still has a tail, I have no intention of having it docked.


Answer by Shannon
Submitted on 10/7/2004
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I just adopted a 13 week old rott with a tail...love it....cropping is cruel period


Answer by dontmissout
Submitted on 4/15/2005
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I think that rotties look very natural with tails. Mine is mixed with chow and has a very cute curly tail and I love it.


Answer by Lanie
Submitted on 5/22/2005
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Well I just got a Rottie in February of 2005 and somone told me if the tail grows very long the rottie wont be able to balance. So, I would get the Rottie's tail cut inplus it looks better! The Rottie you have thats 2 months is still a baby so it probably wont hurt him as much as if he were in years. Well its really the owners opinion.


Answer by barney
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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i like it the way it is


Answer by boxier
Submitted on 12/13/2005
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well i had rotties that were born a few days ago and 6 out of 9 were born without tails. i love them either way this is not my first this has happen soo i took pictures of the birth to prove to people that dont do there research on our loving rotties . very graphic to some people but a fact it is true you dont have to dock all rotties i only had docked 3 because it was to be working farms here in california and yes with tails it is a proven  that while working it can get infected or cut swollen and the dog can die from this .So the thing is it depends also what your using the dog for.  i love them as a best friend. and been raising them for over 10 years and still learning . not just about dogs but the owners that claim they know rotties .. yes that is another thing rotties is not for everyone . Please do alot of research befor buying one they need more than 100% love and attention. thank you and keep loving.


Answer by Pho
Submitted on 2/8/2006
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Do not get your dogs tail chopped off. We have an older rotweiler that had his tail chopped off before we got him and he could not swim after that. Rotts are not renowned for swimming however he literally could not swim at all whereas our puppies can. It is a inconvenience to them and would be extremely mean to put your benefit before theirs when others say that they get in the way. If they get in the way for you then you should not have a rottweiler. Deal with it. They are proud of their tails and it is also easier to determine their emotions. It is very sad to see our old Rott wagging his little stump when he is happy. Think how much happier he would be with a full tail.


Answer by foxy79
Submitted on 2/16/2006
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my lil rottie still has a tail and she has had no problems in fact i am selling her but no one wants to have a rottie with a full tail


Answer by rocky my rotty
Submitted on 4/20/2006
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hi everyone i think that rottweilers should have short tails coz they look much nicer i no it hurts them and all but most people like long tailed rotties and all of you no it my 3 month old rotty has a short tail and they dont have truma coz they were jus little little pups so that my thought.


Answer by Cassie May
Submitted on 4/28/2006
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i just recently adopted a rotty, and he is adorable he is older (that being the reason i adopted him) he still has his tail and he is cute as hell, tell me what you think should i have it docked??


Answer by unknown
Submitted on 9/23/2006
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I don't feel it is right to cut off a Rottweiler's tail. I mean big deal if they are big and get in the way, if they are born with it, then its there for a reason, I mean humans don't have tails, but what if when every different kind of person was born had thier fingers or toes cut off because "it looks better" I don't think the person would be to pleased with that. I just see it as animal cruelty, I think that if they are born with something leave it unless its a hazard to thier health.


Answer by Analope
Submitted on 11/5/2006
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I have a rottweielr withought a tail and i know that because my eyes are accostumed to no tail a rott. with a tail looks strange, however its just not right to take a tail from an animal unless its neccesary for thier work, or health. Rotties are not hunting dogs therefore i see no reason to dock thier tails. With tails thier feelings,and moods are displayed more clearly. It is so strange that in shows they cant be nuetered or spayed, but they must have a removed tail, and for some breeds almost half their ear must be removed. What a strange dog world there is!


Answer by Big M.
Submitted on 12/5/2006
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I have had two Rottweilers. My first had a tail and it suited her fine and emphasised her moods and character. My present Rottie is docked. She was docked at five weeks of age, was cut too short and with dirty instruments. I'm glad we rescued her from these muppet breeders. She has had nothing but problems since.
However, my general opinion of this breed that I absolutely adore is as much as I prefer "the look" of docked Rottweilers I believe that tail docking should be made illegal. It is for cosmetic appeal only. Also if they did have tails then maybe people wouldn't be so intimidated by them as I feel tails soften their appearence.


Answer by Charlie
Submitted on 1/2/2007
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Im from the UK and have a 14 month old Rottie who I will breed when she has her next season. I am planning on keeping a pup but I am anxious as docking is now illegal here and I do think that docked Rotties are more aesthetically pleasing. However. I have accepted the law and I am hoping I can start a new, more Rottie friendly trend!


Answer by lindz
Submitted on 1/7/2007
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I have two rotts, one doesn't have his tail docked as that is how i got him when he was 5 yrs old , I also have a female almost 2 yrs and I had hers docked or actually amputated as she was 6 weeks old when we did it, and I agree that they are big tails and to be smacked with one will bruise the skin almost every time. Also i think her little nub is cute!


Answer by shabz
Submitted on 1/20/2007
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rotties luk ugly wid tails their massive but they are gud for keeping balance  when  running or hunting


Answer by vk
Submitted on 6/2/2007
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just dock it!


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