Some breeds have shorter tails, while others have long tails. Aussiedoodles tend to have shorter tails. What is the reason for the short tail trait in Aussiedoodles? Sometimes the Australian Shepherd’s short tail is due to its evolutionary history. The Australian Shepherd, for example, has evolved a shorter-tailed version over the years. This is because breeders chose shorter tails to make them more suitable for ranch work.
Why do Aussiedoodle breeders dock their tails?
Not all Aussiedoodle breeders dock their puppies’ tails. In many cases, they won’t need to anyway, as some puppies of this designer breed are born without a tail.
Why do Aussiedoodles have short tails?
One of the common reasons behind the short tail of the Aussiedoodle is tail docking. When they are only 3-5 days old, their tails are docked.
Breeders dock puppies’ tails for a number of reasons, including safety, value, and the AKC (American Kennel Club) standard.
Loose tails are hard to care for
A long tail on an Australian Shepherd has the same fur in that area.
As your dog goes about his daily life, the chances of his tail becoming tangled and even tangled increase. As you may know, if you brush your Shepherd’s coat yourself at home, the matting is incredibly painful for the dog. Most of the time, you end up having to cut curly hair because you can’t untangle the knots.
Even if her herding genetics allow her to avoid tail tangling, her longer, curlier tail can cover more of her rear end. Now, when they poop, it increases the likelihood that the dog will have feces on its tail. If you don’t notice the feces right away, your Shepherd can easily spread it to other parts of his body by moving or wagging his tail. Then it becomes a headache to clean them.
The history of tail docking
The first evidence of the practice dates back to ancient Rome. It is believed that the ancient Romans thought that a longer tail put a dog at risk of rabies and therefore docked their tails. While this theory probably ran its course, tail docking was associated with dogs being able to run faster.
In working dogs such as the Australian Shepherd, long tails in the fields can cause injuries of various kinds, so clipping was done on working dogs to avoid possible injuries that would have reduced the utility of the dog