Puppies with Tales

The Weimaraner uses the tail in communication as well as during work.


The Weimaraner belongs to one of the five working dog breeds, where tail docking is still allowed in Denmark. The surgery is carried out by a veterinarian before the puppies are four days old. Tail docking is a painful intervention. Therefore, a local anaesthesia is applied, and the puppies are given pain-killers. If a puppy does not express any pain, we really do not know, if it was the sufficient pain relief or if it is uncapable of expressing pain due to an immature nervous system, which results in a delayed conduction of nerve signals. In other Nordic Countries tale docking has been prohibited since the late eighties.


International research generates different results regarding tail docking. Some surveys indicate an increased frequency of tale injuries in working dogs without tail docking, which can be traumatic to the dog. Others imply that the frequency of tail injuries, and problems related to these, have not increased in Norway and Sweden after tail docking working dogs was prohibited. Evidence exists that phantom pain can be the result of early tail docking as well as a later amputation.


The Weimaraner uses its tale in communication with humans and other dogs, for its balance and for navigating when swimming. The puppy is in risk of pain during and after surgery as well as phantom pain. That is why the puppies from Kennel Fieldghost keep their tales.