Based on the BREED STANDARDS I considered and eliminated several different breeds.
I was looking for a non-shedding structurally sound square working dog
I also had to have a short tail that would not whip around
(having had a visiting lab's tail knock over my lit candles and drinks)
I have seen my friend slam the door on her American Bulldog's Tail causeing great injury.
I have seen another friend's doberman hit the wall so much with wagging
that it was always injured and bleeding.
ANWAY...there are options for a short tailed breed and I choose the
Standard Poodle breed based on the breed's standard for my
desires to do safe pet therapy (not knocking over people and kids
and also not to get caught in wheel chairs).
I also wanted a warm, loving, empathetic, happy sweet nature.
I found when reading the BREED STANDARD that the breed
that most suited my lifestyle was a Standard Poodle.
Humans refined various breeds to fit into their lifestyles to fill
a human need such as hunting or protection or companionship
and for over 300 years the Standard Poodle was "refined" to suit the needs of Human Kind.
1642 Standard Poodle with a docked tail
Standard Poodles have had their tails docked to fufil their purpose of therapy dog,
companion, protector and retriever since 1642
as seen in Prince Rupert of the Rhine's Poodle "Boyu"
which is said to be the earliest illustration of the Standard Poodle with docked tail
To all of sudden in the 1990's, 300 years later,
to say that the Poodle is lost without their tails seems a ludicrous to say the least.
So why are some Breeders not doing it or Fighting agains the Anti docking ?
MONEY. Pain and Simple. Some Breeders are just all about saving a buck despite what is best for a Poodle's well being.
Novice Breeders all go to the Vet and tail docking and dewclaw removal is an added expense they would rather not have.
Once breeders and owners have had a long tail, most will ask for a docked tail the second time around
after experiencing the many hazards I mention above.
If you decide to have a Poodle with an undocked tail and dewclaws remaining, PLEASE make sure you look
after your Poodle's wellbeing and get those dewclaws clipped every 1-3 weeks.
Please make sure your Poodle has a clean butt, do not allow "cling ons" to build up
as commonly found in natural tailed Poodles.
... (tail docked and tail as it would appear if it were left long)
Tail docking is performed when the puppy is between 1 and 5 days old, causes minimum discomfort
because the tailbone is still soft and the nervous system that relays pain signals is undeveloped.
Docking causes no more discomfort than ear piercing on humans, is over in seconds and has a benefit for the life of the dog.
Some puppies are docked while they are asleep and do not even wake up.
After docking, puppies will immediately feed and snuggle with mom.
(using a white legged dog to show clearly the dewclaw)
The Dew Claw is in the evolutionary process of disappearing.
Dew claws are like thumbs and unlike digits 2, 3, 4 and 5, are not used for walking and do not natural wear down.
Dewclaw removal is most often performed in puppies around 1-5 days of age and is just plucked off.
Real Breeders will do this procedure themselves, for the safety of their precious puppies
not being exposed to all the illnesses at the Veterinary Clinic and to ensure it is done properly.
Bijou Standard Poodles removes our dewclaws to prevent future serious injury based on our experience.
We have had our poodles dew claws injured at groomers who didn't expect a dewclaw to be there
and almost amputated it when clipping.
We have had our Poodle's themselves almost pull their dewclaws off when caught in carpet while running.
We have heard, "Dogs need dewclaws to help with 'cornering' while running". I'm hear to tell you
if our Poodles had dew claws, we would be treating torn dew claws every weekend we raced.
Racing Greyhounds have their dew claws removed, to avoid serious injuries !
We have also seen dewclaws gotten forgotten for months, by owners and not been clipped.
Dewclaws will wrap around itself and imbed into the leg causing great discomfort
and needing a great deal of care to clip if not surgery.
Dewclaws do not get worn down on their own like other nails as they do not touch the ground.
An injured dewclaw has a major amount of blood loss and excruciating pain to the Poodle.
Such a simple procedure for us to remove the dewclaws, to ensure our pups
have an injury free future and do not suffer from unclipped nails that dig into their pads
or being injured at the groomers. Common Sense.