Docking Corgis tails to be banned in New Zealand

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Michael Romanos, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    From 2018 it will be illegal to dock dogs tails in New Zealand unless the tails are seriously injured.

    This means that Pembroke Corgis will have their tails kept intact just like the Cardigan Corgis.

    NZ has belatedly joined around 38 other countries who ban the docking of dogs tails - and these countries are largely in western Europe (including all the countries of Great Britain and Ireland) and Australia.

    For the past 15 or so years the only way a dog can have his tail docked in NZ was in being banded at three days of age so that the tail would wither away after several days. But this too will be dropped as the NZ Government and the NZ veterinary Association recognises that dogs have an inherent right to a tail no matter how long it is. Tails have at least four important uses - communication is number one, followed by aiding balance, aiding swimming in acting as a rudder and the usefulness as a swishing 'machine' against flies and bugs.

    There is no earthly reason for a Pembroke Corgi to have their tails removed. Very few Pems are born bob tailed but even then there is a aspect of a tail.

    The vast majority of Pembroke Corgi owners would not hesitate to own a Pem with a tail.
  2. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Here is how a Pembroke Corgi should "carry" his/her tail: when on the move the tail should be upwards (but not curling over) and when stationary the tail should be drooping down. No Pem is born without a tail. Bob tailed Pems are rare but breeders should ensure that they don't breed to promulgate bob tailed Corgis. A bob tail can be of varying length from short to very short.

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