What causes dogs to be born with half a tail?
My cocker spaniel had puppies. Now before you start she was already pregnant when i got her. So no rants, she will be spayed ASAP.
The question i have is, 2 puppies are bob tailed completely, 2 have what i call half tails, and 3 have natural long tails. now my friend i got her off of , has the father to the puppies, he's a doberman, pug, wiener dog mix, i know weird mix, but he too has a half tail. and the mother to him has a complete bob tail. what's the cause of this?
on Dec 27th 2011
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Good for you to adopt a dog that was pregnant. The tails are obviously passed on genetically. I wouldn't worry about it. It will give them more character. Good Luck!
Kali answered on 12/28/11. Helpful? / 0
Well all i can say is its from the father its passed down to some of the puppies dont worry
Dottie answered on 12/28/11. Helpful? / 0
There is a bobtail gene present in some breeds- notable Corgis and Australian Shepherds. It could certainly show up in a mixed-breed. If you're a dog nerd and want to know more about how it works, here's a great article about one man's effort to introduce the bobtail gene into the Boxer breed (to eliminate the need for tail docking.)
Though I don't think it's the case in your litter (since the father and grandmother have bobtails also) bobtails can be caused by random accidents of fetal development as well- if only one puppy in a large litter has a bobtail, and no family history of such, I would assume that instead.
Bruno CGC answered on 12/28/11. Helpful? / 0