Billy Bob

Do you dock yorkshire terriers ears and tails? Mine has a long tail and floppy ears, hes 10 weeks old

Asked by Billy Bob on Dec 30th 2008 Tagged tailsandears in Puppies
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sir spike

The pup is too old to have tail docked (this is done when they are 3 days old)
and its ears will stand up on their own they do not require to be cropped the have lots of different web sites to tell you how to get the ears to stand up different tricks
personally I like the floppy ears it's cute

sir spike answered on Dec 30th.

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In the US, the Yorkie standard is with docked tail.

But, unless you plan to show the dog (and I mean seriously show the dog) there's no reason to dock the tail or crop the ears.

In fact, you'd have a hard time finding a vet who will do it at 10 weeks. Tails are normally docked when the dog is just a few days old. Pain is a concern, but also the development of the tail makes it so that a few days old is virtually the only way to dock a tail with out significant recovery time.

In England, which is the home of the Yorkshire Terrier, it is illegal to dock tails and crop ears.

I figure, if it's good enough for the land from which the breed originated, it's good enough for everyday pets.

Please, enjoy your floppy, long tailed puppy in all the beauty and sweetness he has naturally.

Jack answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


No, you absolutely do not. Besides, at ten weeks, a puppy is too old to have his tail docked. Also, any ears that are done are typically between 7 and 9 weeks of age, as this is easier on the puppy. Having said that, the breed standard of the Yorkshire Terrier does not include cropping of the ears. The tail SHOULD be docked, according to the breed standard, but this process should ONLY be performed by a vet and ONLY when the puppy is days old, not weeks.

Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.

The ears will flop up and down as your dog ages. They will eventually stand. When puppies are teething, their ears tend to flop down, so it is normal that they are now floppy. You can rub the ears, placing your thumb inside the base of the ear, and pull the ears up (very gently) just until they stand erect. This will help massage the cartilage and will help it stand erect. Do this as often as you can, and especially when they are getting floppy again.

Small and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round, the muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart.

I included copies of what the breed standard states about the Yorkie - remember - not ALL purebred dogs MEET the breed standard, and this is why they should be sold with limited registration - this means that the new owner will need to spay or neuter them - typically the breeder gives the owner a year to do this. Even though we breed high quality, champion dogs, not every puppy turns out JUST like their parents, and not every puppy is of show quality. Enjoy your pet :) He will be cute and unique the way that he is.

Sergeant answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yorkie ears are never cropped, as they stand naturally.

It is normal for puppy's ears to go up and down quite a bit until he is done teething, but it's recommended that you keep the hair on the ears trimmed so the extra fur does not weigh them down.

The Yorkshire standard calls for them to have docked tails. Docking is done by a veterinarian and is done within only a few days of birth. Docking is not done for anything other than medical reasons in dogs over a few weeks old, and definitely not at 10 weeks old.

Cropping of ears and docking of tails was made illegal in European countries recently, which has drawn quite a few complaints from veterinarians and breed fanciers. IMHO, these laws were passed to prevent unnecessary cruelty. There's some argument whether docking young falls into that category or not.

Abby answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Gray Dawn Treader

Breeders have the tail docked at only a few days old, from what I've been told. Going on that info, 10 weeks would be too old.

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


10 weeks old is too old to dock a tail as the nerves are fully developed & it will be painful & unnecessary!
Docking should be done by the age of 72 hours!

Member 73926 answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer