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A Tail of Two Collectives…

The canine tail has been a ‘bone of contention’ between the South African Veterinary Council or SAVC and the breeders of the 54 Breeds that has tail docking as a breed standard, and their representative body The Docked Breeds Association of South Africa or DBASA. I have to mention here that along with the SAVC stands the NSPCA, and opposing we have DBASA and KUSA.


The purpose of this exposé is to shine light on the subject of tail docking and the value of the canine tail as a whole.


In a few part series I will attempt to uncover how important it really is to leave a dogs’ tail intact, as I believe it should be. Come along on this journey of discovery with me, I can assure you it will get interesting.


Let us start by identifying the 54 breeds that The Kennel Union of Southern Africa, better known as KUSA, has listed with docked tails as a breed standard.


GUNDOG GROUP (Sporting Breeds)

  1. BrittanyBrittany Spaniel
  2. German Short-haired Pointer
  3. German Wire-haired Pointer
  4. Hungarian Vizla
  5. Italian Spinone
  6. Large Munsterlander
  7. Spaniel (American Cocker)
  8. Spaniel (Clumber)
  9. Spaniel (Cocker)
  10. Spaniel (English Springer)
  11. Spaniel (Field)
  12. Spaniel (Sussex)
  13. Spaniel (Welsh Springer)
  14. Weimaraner

HERDING GROUP (Non-Sporting Breeds)

  1. Australian Cattle Dog
  2. Bouvier des Flandres
  3. Corgi (Pembroke Welsh)
  4. Old English Sheepdogaustralian-cattle-dog27
  5. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  6. Pyrenean Sheepdog

TERRIER GROUP (Sporting Breeds)

  1. Airedale Terrier
  2. Australian Terrier
  3. Fox Terrier (Smooth)
  4. Fox Terrier (Wire)
  5. Glen of Imaal Terrier
  6. Irish Terrier
  7. Jack Russell Terrier
  8. Kerry Blue Terrier
  9. Lakeland Terrier
  10. Parson Russell Terrier
  11. Sealyham Terrier
  12. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  13. Welsh Terrier

TOY GROUP (Non-Sporting Breeds)

  1. Australian Silky TerrierParson_Russell_Terrier
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  3. Griffon Bruxellois
  4. King Charles Spaniel
  5. Miniature Pinscher
  6. Yorkshire Terrier

UTILITY GROUP (Non-Sporting Breeds)

  1. Poodle (Standard)
  2. Poodle (Miniature)
  3. Poodle (Toy)
  4. Schipperke
  5. Schnauzer (Miniature)

WORKING GROUP (Non-Sporting Breeds)

  1. Black Terrier (Tchiorney)
  2. Boerboel
  3. Boxer
  4. Corso Dog
  5. Dobermann
  6. Neapolitan Mastiff
  7. Pinscher
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Schnauzer
  10. Giant Schnauzer


We will be looking at both sides of this impassioned debate, in addition to medical and behavioural facts. Only the facts will be allowed in the final equation.


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A Tail of Two Collectives…


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