Docking or bobbing as it is also known, is the practice of cutting a boxer’s naturally long tail so that it is much shorter and stands erect. While this practice is actually illegal in a number of countries all over the world, it is legal in the United States. Many people decide to have their boxer’s tail docked, but it is very important that you take the time to consider whether or not it is the right decision for your dog.
You will find that docking a boxer’s tail can be done two different ways. The first method that is used when docking a boxer’s tail is to completely cut off blood flow to the tail with a specially designed rubber band. This band is put on so tightly that blood is not able to get to the end of the tail, causing it to fall off at some point. The second method that is used for docking involves surgically removing the tail. In this method the tail is cut with surgical instruments. Although this procedure is considered to be surgical, anesthesia is not given to the dog, which is usually about 3 days old.
Historically, people used to dock the tails of boxers because it was believed that doing so would effectively prevent rabies as well as increase the animal’s ability to run faster. While these reasons for docking have been dispelled over the years as myths, this practice is still performed on many boxers each year. A lot of people choose to have their boxer’s tail docked and ears cropped for aesthetic purposes, especially those who enter their dogs into competitions and contests.
If you plan to start entering your boxer into contests or shows at some point, you might want to consider having its tail docked. Docking is typically done when the dog is very young, usually within the first week of its life. While boxer puppies do feel the sensation of getting their tails amputated, they seem to recover from it very quickly. There are some complications that can arise from docking, such as the dog having a difficult time adjusting to its shortened tail. Some of the different countries that docking is legal in include the U.S., Japan, Chile, India, Mexico, and South Africa.
There are many people who believe that docking the tails of boxers improves the gene pool as a whole, helping to preserve it. This is still a very controversial topic among dog owners and breeders though, as not all of them decide to get this procedure. These days most people who have their boxer’s tail docked do so for aesthetic reasons, especially when entering them into contests. If you live in a place where this practice is legal and want to enter your boxer into contests or shows at some point, it might be a good idea to consider having this procedure done. Docking doesn’t take very long at all and the dog typically doesn’t experience much pain for very long.