Tails vs Tales

The American Standard

Jan and Willow9562_o.jpgThe traditional Weimaraner Breed Standard calls for tail docking. That being said some folks are in love with the idea of the undocked tail. In some places, the European undocked Weimaraner is the law.

What does it Look Like?

Here is Indi. He lives in the UK and for fun, we will mention he is related to OwyheeStar. We receive updates and photos. He was born in England and thus sports the undocked tail.

The undocked tail in America is controversial much like tail docking in other parts of the world is frowned upon. Regardless, some are set on finding the undocked–to our surprise this has even included a serious hunter. Proponents are adamant while those who believe in docking (for health reasons) hang tight to America’s choice.

It is a choice unless you are going to show your Weimaraner. Then, you must comply with the Breed Standard. OwyheeStar does accommodate those who wish to get the undocked tail; however, there are some stringent criteria. For one thing, we require a 50% deposit up front because if you fail to follow through this propels the pup (and OwyheeStar) into a series of events that require extreme measures. There is not an extensive list of folks waiting for the full-length tail. So, placing the suddenly available pup is not an easy option. Tail docking is done very early for a number of reasons we won’t discuss here; however, later tail docking is harder on the puppy and requires a surgical procedure. A scenario we want to avoid.

Max Summer 2014-6The Longhair Weimaraner sports the full tail. Some hunters have fallen in love with this bird-flagging tail. It is another option for those who wish to have a long tail. Once again we want to mention that the feathering and extra hair is not as you might imagine. Your clothing, furniture, and whatnot are not covered with hair. Max (pictured here) has a bit more fluff than some of the Longhairs. His tail has ample hair to protect it from inadvertently being damaged. Click here to read a pro-docking article with graphic photos.


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Posted on May 3, 2016, in AKC, Blue Weims, Companion Weimaraner, Grooming, Hot Topics, Information and Education, Long Hair Weims, Longhair, Longhair Weimaraner, Mailbox Topics, OwyheeStar, Owyheestar Weimaraner, OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy, Previous Pup Update, The Weimaraner, Undocked Tails and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It is still allowed to dock the tail of hunting dogs (think germany has this option) but the “trend” goes to undocked pups. I like Easy undocked, but this tail can be a weapon and we both got a shiner via excessive tailwagging :o) It’s also good to remove the dishes from the table within one second :o)

  2. I heard (but don’t know for sure) that you must be a Hunt Breeder in Germany to dock the tail. Thanks for sharing

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