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January 22nd, 2011
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From:catwoman69y2k.insanejournal.com
Date:January 23rd, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
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They just got their tails docked and dewclaws removed yesterday.

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Why did you need to dock the tails and remove the dewclaws?
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 23rd, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
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I didn't do it. The owner of the Dam, Luci, decided on going with docked tails, more for safety reasons than looks, really. He's had Rotts in the past that have split or broken their tails due to wagging them hard against walls and such... they naturally have whip-like tails, similar to Pit Bulls. If you read my journal, I mention that I would have opted to keep them natural, but I don't own the Dam, just the Sire. The owner of the Dam makes the decision of whether to dock or not.

The dewclaw removal is a common thing for most dogs, because they've been known to accidentally get ripped off during rough play, running through thick brush, etc. My Mom has a Husky cross that had one of her dewclaws ripped off in a similar manner. It's just a common practice.

I've already had one person jump on this journal entry screaming "Cruelty!!" to docking and cropping, and while I agree it's not necessary, (it's only cosmetic) I take a neutral stand on the subject. I personally like natural ears and tails, but I'm not going to scream "Animal abuse!" to the breeders who choose to dock or crop if the look is part of the breed's standard.

So for anyone else who may believe that it's cruel to do so, you're entitled to your opinion. But please consider the fact that a surgery is a surgery, and it's really not much different from choosing to spay or neuter a dog. There are cultures out there who believe that spaying and neutering is cruel. *shrugs* It's still going to be somewhat painful, but if you have a good vet who practices good medicine, they'll make sure that the procedures are as safe as possible.

Really, in the end it's all just political, and everyone will have a different opinion. There is no right or wrong answer.
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From:catwoman69y2k.insanejournal.com
Date:January 23rd, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)

well, in my case, I was just asking...not accusing

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I wondered more about the dewclaw only because our malamute often chews on his. I dont know if it is some harmless habitual thing or what. I figured maybe the dewclaw removal you were speaking of might of had the purpose to combat that dewclaw-biting habit.

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From:wlfdog
Date:January 23rd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)

Re: well, in my case, I was just asking...not accusing

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Sorry, I was a bit on the defensive because people have been bugging me about it, and it's not like it was my decision. O___o

He might be chewing on it because it's an annoying hanging appendage, perhaps. The dewclaw really doesn't serve much of a purpose... dogs don't use them for anything, so removing them isn't a huge deal. Better than having them accidentally rip off when they're older. There's only one breed that I know of where the dewclaw is actually desired in the standard, and that is the Great Pyrenees. Actually, they have a double dewclaw that is purposefully bred into them. I'm not exactly sure what the reason for it is though. I knew at one point when I did some research, but I've forgotten.
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