Counties That Dock the Yorkie & Counties That do Not
In American, the largest and most respected dog breed club, the AKC (American Kennel Club) lists the official conformation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed to have a docked tail, to a medium length. therefore, if you plan on showing your dog, you will need to have the docking done.
The ANKC, CKC, NZKC and UKC also call for the Yorkie's tail to be docked.
Most breeders will have this done, as it is in the best interest of the dog to have this procedure done when they are a very young puppy. However, there are some breeders, who if selling a Yorkie as a pet ( and not as a show prospect) may not have its tail docked. Never-the-less, the majority of breeders in American will have the tail docked.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals oppose tail docking and have worked very hard to pass laws banning this. Since 2007, many countries have banned this practice.
Countries who ban docking of any dog breed are:
- South Africa