Most Weimaraner dogs are bred and used to hunt certain types of animals. Throughout their lives, they have been recognized for their great athleticism and hunting skills.
Like any other pet, people must handle these dogs properly. Many owners of this type of canine have cut their tails, so we will see the reason for this below.
What is Cutting the Tail of a Weimaraner Dog?
The tail cut or aesthetic caudectomy consists of the surgical removal of a good part of this appendix, usually with special instruments.
If this is done after a few months, or even in adulthood of the dog, it is essential to do it as a conventional surgery with general anesthesia and suture, since the blood vessels and the caudal vertebrae of the animal are already highly developed. Some breeders choose to do it themselves before the canine’s first week.
Why Should We Cut the Tail of This Pet?
Weimaraners have an extremely long and fine tail. Since they are very active dogs, they can sometimes hurt their tail by hitting it with something.
A broken tail is a very painful accident, and quite heavy bleeding occurs. If your pet hurts its tail, you should go to the vet immediately.
If this happens in the mountains and without a first aid kit, you should control the bleeding and go to the nearest vet. On the other hand, it is also said that some canines have the last vertebrae of the tail weaker than normal, and they injure it very easily.
This information is not known if it is totally true or if it is scientifically based, but it has been heard very frequently. With all the above, to avoid unpleasant, painful, and dangerous accidents, the tail of this type of animal must be cut.
Tail Cut for Work Reasons
In the case of the Weimaraner, the tail docking has always been carried out for practical reasons as they are working dogs. For practicality, breeders usually cut the tails of all puppies in the litter even if they are not intended to be hunting dogs and are only companion pets.
The tail cut is not total; about 20 centimeters are left. Only what is necessary to cover the testicles in males or the vulva in females.
Almost all dogs that have their tails docked, originally, have been done in order to protect these animals in the work for which they were bred.
Hunting canines with thin, whip-like tails (such as Weimaraners) generally have the upper part of their tails docked because they are very thin and are easily injured when colliding with hard objects.
Tail Cut for Aesthetic Reasons
Another reason to consider removing the Weimaraner’s tail is for cosmetic reasons.
Today, most Weimaraner owners continue to dock their pets’ tails for aesthetic or traditional reasons, but in all breeds, there are those who still work with canines that possess tails and benefit from the procedure. That is proven because tail injuries in working dogs have increased dramatically, especially when this surgical procedure is illegal.
It is healthier and much better for the hunting dog to have its tail surgically docked rather than short when it is an adult.
Is It Legal to Cut a Weimaraner Dog’s Tail?
That depends on the country or region. There are countries where it is totally forbidden to cut the tail, ears, or any other type of aesthetic amputation of dogs without just cause or veterinary prescription. For example, in the case of Spain, cutting the tail is legal only in some autonomous communities.
When Should I Cut My Weimaraner Dog’s Tail?
The tail docking is performed by a veterinarian a few days after the puppy is born (usually 3-5 days) since, at that time, that area has not yet been vascularized.
A small piece of the Weimaraner’s tail is removed at least about 2 cm, under local anesthesia, placing a single stitch. The dog is not aware of the intervention, and after a few days, the suture is removed or falls out on its own, depending on the type of stitch.
If your pet is older and you want to cut its tail, it is advisable to do it as soon as possible. The smaller the tail and the puppy, the less traumatic it will be for it.
In any case, tail docking in adult dogs involves full-blown surgical intervention. That is, it is a process that involves:
- Tests and exams.
- Post-operative process.
Disadvantages of Cutting a Weimaraner Dog’s Tail
It may seem very aesthetic, but in reality, in most situations, it is not good to cut the tail and ears of the dog since it is mutilation that causes functional losses to the animal and a very important communicative sense.
- The appendix or tail, as well as the ears, are an essential part of communication and socialization between dogs or other species.
- Dogs communicate with these parts of their body. These canines hide their tails between their legs when they are afraid; they form a question mark if they are on guard, and they shake it vigorously to show their joy and happiness.
- In addition, the tail is made up of bones called the caudal vertebrae that have other associated tissues. With the ears, they also convey important information.
For this reason, this practice is mutilation that causes great damage to the animal, exposes it to pain and subsequent infections. Usually, after the first two or three days of the puppy’s birth, they are subjected to this atrocity. By studying their reaction, they are found to show signs of stress and a lot of pain.
If you want your pet to have a good quality of life and physical and emotional well-being, you should not submit it to this practice. Remember that choosing to perform this surgery is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We recommend that if your pet does not urgently need a tail amputation, do not cut it.