All puppies are born with tails, but some breeds have them cut off or shortened – docked – when they're a few days old. It's done purely for cosmetic reasons and tradition. Dogs need their tails to communicate and to balance, so why do we insist on altering their appearance when it has no benefit to them?

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA), its Companion Animal Veterinarians (CAV), the Royal New Zealand SPCA (SPCA) and the New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) are 100% opposed to docking dogs' tails purely for cosmetic purposes.

Help dogs keep their tails

Tail docking is already banned in 33 countries around the world, including Australia and the UK.

Reasons against tail docking

SAY NO! to tail docking

Cosmetic tail docking constitutes an unnecessary mutilation that is unethical, compromises the dog's welfare and offers no clear benefit to its wellbeing. Tail docking should only be performed by a veterinarian for medical or surgical reasons.

NZVA, CAV, SPCA and NZCAC advocate for primary legislation which would result in the prohibition of cosmetic tail docking of dogs in New Zealand.

What you can do

If you're thinking of getting a puppy, check if it's one of the docked breeds. If it is, ask the breeder to leave its tail intact.

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Click here for downloadable Tail Wagging Campaign images.

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