Why are the tails of Welsh Corgis docked?

Asked by Member 805796 on Feb 18th 2009 Tagged tails, docked in Cardigan Welsh Corgi
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Typically, many Corgi's are born with a tail that is already short enough, and many don't require docking. The docking is done in order to meet the breed standard. Corgi's are to be properly proportioned and the short tail matches their short and stocky body. Also, many dogs have their tails docked to perform many tasks. Corgi's are herding dogs, and their tail could get in the way of them doing their job.

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Sergeant answered on 2/18/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Most of them arn't docked, when the first corgi came out the tail was short enough that you could barley see it. Also, i really don't even think they dock them at all they just got shorter.

Member 771405 answered on 2/19/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


First off, not all corgis have docked tails.

Cardigans have their tails and Pembrokes don't have tails.

From what I understand, Pembrokes don't have tails because the queen's first corgi was bobbed and it became the fashion for them to be bobbed after that.

I don't think it has anything to do with herding ability, at least from what I've seen. Border collies are really intense herding dogs, and they have their tails. On the other hand, australian shepherds are often docked.

Maybe it just depends on what they were supposed to herd.

Harper answered on 9/27/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

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