by Tamster on 04 November 2009 - 06:11
From what I can conclude, we can enter and show, but unless we have a open-minded judge that appreciates dogs au natural, we take up Agility, or we move to Australia, she'll never win anything.
Now, I've had vets and other Corgi folk more knowledgeable than I tell me that our 6 mo female Pem pup (with tail intact) has an excellent disposition and is developing beautifully. I'm considering having her tested for all potential diseases, and pending those results, maybe breed her. If those stars all lined up (and a litter of pups would be a fun and wonderful family experience) the real objective truly would be to produce genetically and conformationally well above- average (exceptional, even?) puppies. Shouldn't THAT be what breed standards are about?
Gracious--imagine two little girls each with their new Pem puppies, and one says to the other, "My puppy will always beat your puppy at the dog show because my mom is coming to cut mine's tail off now...it's the breed standard you know!" So sad we have to think that way as adults.
by happyacres on 30 November 2009 - 04:11
My intent is to import a nice Dobie from European show lines that is natural. I won't be able to win in the AKC ring, but I may have more luck in the UKC and IABCA (and of course, AKC performance). I don't know what I think of anti-docking/cropping legislation. I do believe in preserving our rights as United States citizens, however, I don't believe I should feel that I 'have' to cut my dogs' parts off to win in the show ring.
by Gwynsmom on 20 May 2010 - 02:05
I have a lovely Pembroke with an elegant plume for a tail. I have often questioned the overly stringent breed requirements when it comes to docking tails or cropping ears in some breeds.
A particular breed of dog is loved by its human family because of its personality - not because it meets "breed standards." Give me my undocked tail corgi any day.
by hacketet on 03 June 2010 - 02:06
by CORGIMOM59 on 09 August 2010 - 02:08
They allow our pups to express themselves in so many ways. Why crop them? Are you using them as hunting or herding
animals or do you just want them to "look" like all others. I am with the Queen on this one! Ban all tail and ear docking!
Docking was banned in England and Wales by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and in Scotland by the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
by LongTailCorgiLover on 10 September 2010 - 04:09
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi does the same job as the Pembroke, and has no difficulty with a full tail.
Rottweilers were docked in the Roman days because of the myth that tail docking prevented rabies. Now we know it is prevented with a vaccine, and yet, the tradition continues.
Tailed Pembrokes in Europe have no difficulty herding. I own one and the tail has never been stepped on or caught in anything.