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Yep, these are still puppies. The dog in the foreground won.
10th Mar 2007, 19:16   | tags:,,,

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silar31 says:

*love* Great Danes with natural ears! When I worked at the boarding kennel we had a black one named Stormy as a regular client - biggest dog, but so sweet and gentle we could put him with any other dog, no matter how small, to have play time with.

10th Mar 2007, 19:27

hildegard says:

They are beautifully even-tempered. :)
Happy to report that ear-cropping's been illegal here for a long time.

10th Mar 2007, 19:42

silar31 says:

You lot are more civilised than we are. I would love to see ear cropping banned here - it's a barbaric practice. I will never own a cropped dog, unless it's a rescue.

10th Mar 2007, 19:45

hildegard says:

Ach, we still dock boxers, etc, without veterinary necessity...

10th Mar 2007, 19:56

silar31 says:

See, I'm actually a bit torn on the docking thing. I used to work for a breeder of English Cockers (what you just call Cocker Spaniels) and I've been there for tail docking - it's a very simple procedure and does not hurt the puppies at all if done right. I've also seen the damage that happen in the field to an undocked Cocker's tail. So yeah - for pet dogs it's probably not needed but for field dogs - it is. And since the breeder hardly knows at 3 days old which they will be, well, it makes sense to do everyone.

10th Mar 2007, 21:01

hildegard says:

Some dogs, like whiptails & lurchers are prone to tail splitting, yet those breeds aren't docked, even if working... tend to think that tails ought to be conserved unless there's a proven need for an individual dog to have the procedure...

10th Mar 2007, 21:07

bobisdead says:

My dog hit's me in the groin with his tail on a daily basis. He also knocks things over, breaks glassware on tables, and kills plants with it. But I would never ever consider taking his tail away. It's part of who he is and a big part of how he expresses himself.

13th Mar 2007, 23:46

silar31 says:

I agree with both of your points, and I certainly wouldn't argue with it being banned altogether - they would just have to come up with better ways to protect the tails of working dogs. I'm just saying it's not the horror show that ear cropping is, that's all.

14th Mar 2007, 00:21

dan says:

how is ear cropping so barbaric? if the animal is young and under anesthetic then whats wrong with it? the animal may feel off for a while after the operation, but it protects against wounds and suits some animals really well. Same goes for tale cropping.

16th May 2007, 20:45

hildegard says:

Do the reading. I've got better things to do than to explain to someone who can't even spell the word "tail" why mutilating an animal for the sake of one's own aesthetic taste or convenience isn't top of the UK's "acceptable pet-owning behaviour" list.

16th May 2007, 22:51