alot of breeds were docked because of their work, if you take spanials a poodle for instance both were and some still are used for hunting. the spanial got through braken and undergroth and the fethering on the tail would get caught on the shrubbery, this could cause dammege. the poodle is a french watter dog and would have been docked for similar reasons.
some breeds were docked becaus when they were kept in kennels(wprking dogs would have been) they would wagg their taile so much they would constently brust the end, whick ment they would be out of action and would have to stay home(if its their best dog it maight make the job less well done or less productive). i work in a boding kennel and you still get dogs both breeds who would have been docked and breeds who wouldnt, bursting their tails. it looks like a masicar cas takken place but the dog keeps wagging spraying the blood till it clots its self.
your rootties as far as im awair were docked to make them look more fears because you gould have a big soppy guard dog who barks but the intruder dosnt know that.
it has not become more about the fashon of the dog. it has been banned in the uk but is still alowed if the dog has been bred to work and not be a pet or shown.
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