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originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: DeepThoughtCriminal
I think it's a stupid and cruel thing to do. They're born the way they are for a reason. If they were meant to be cropped and docked, they'd be born that way.
Rottweilers for example, had their tails cropped to stop the hooved animals from stepping on and causing infections in the dogs tails.
Alcibiades had a dog which cost him seventy minas, and was a very large one, and very handsome. His tail, which was his principal ornament, he caused to be cut off, and his acquaintances exclaiming at him for it, and telling him that all Athens was sorry for the dog, and cried out upon him for this action, he laughed, and said, "Just what I wanted has happened then. I wished the Athenians to talk about this, that they might not say something worse of me." — Plutarch, Life of Alcibiades
When he walked, his tail curled upwards over his back.
They have much better communication with other dogs and people when you can see their tail position, and/or if it's wagging happily. It gives them a friendlier look.