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By the way, is it just me or someone too finds it weird that cats never have their tails docked while dogs have? I don't mean people should dock cats tails too, god forbid. I'm just wondering why on Earth dogs were put under this cruel practice.
The dog can accidentally bruise his own tail, and cause bleeding and nerve damage. It's a term called, "happy tail." Most veterinarians would solve the problem by amputating the tail. Amputation of a tail in the adult stages is a severe procedure and a long difficult recovery. Docking of a tail as a newborn is a simple procedure because the bones of the tail have not fully formed and the animal is oblivious. I don't think anyone would dock a tail because they themselves are afraid of being bruised. That would just be ridiculous.

To be completely honest I'm purchasing an Airedale puppy who's almost 8 weeks old. The only reason I haven't received him is because the breeders should have docked his tail w/in days of being born. Now it will require a surgical procedure/ follow up appt., not to mention more trauma for him and debt for me. Honestly, I'm still undecided but don't want to traumatized or affect his natural balance/ gait. I appreciate most of the concerns posted so far. I have no interest in Showing or breeding for profit.