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The Kennel Club’s latest bulletin on docking says:

Docking.

The docking of dogs’ tails is an operation that may now only legally be performed by a Veterinary Surgeon. In view of the fact that docking is lawful the decision concerning docking is one that rests with breeder and their veterinary advisers.

The Kennel Club allows customarily docked breeds to be shown with or without their tails being docked and the Breed Standards issued by the Kennel Club indicate this.

The Kennel Club has asked that all breed standards include a tail clause to enable a judge to assess the tail of an undocked dog of a customarily docked breed. This is currently under consideration by Breed Clubs.

23rd October 1998 The Kennel Club stated:

‘…..Until recently, there were insufficient examples of the tails of customarily docked breeds for an accurate description to be included in Breed Standards. Of course, should breed clubs now wish to include tail descriptions, then an application in line with the above procedure should be made to The Kennel Club. For a number of years, our guidance on the judging of customarily docked breeds is that the standards do not prohibit the exhibition of undocked dogs. Furthermore, judges have been advised that, if they cannot dispassionately judge undocked exhibits, they should decline all relevant appointments. The Kennel Club will investigate any substantial complaints lodged on this issue. Of course, it is within the gift of exhibitors to simply choose not to enter again under particular judges.’

A.D.A. asks whether members of the Council of Docked Breeds should be judging tailed dogs in the traditionally docked breeds.

August 2000 - Breed Standard Tail Clauses for Customarily Docked Breeds

In November 1999, it was announced that the General Committee had agreed that the Breed Standard tail clauses for all customarily docked breeds should in future contain a description of the undocked option. In view of this, all appropriate Breed Clubs and Councils were invited to propose wording to describe the undocked tail options. The deadline for submission was 1st June, 2000.

The majority of Breed Clubs and Councils have now responded on this matter.



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