Reasons to Dock or Not Dock the Tail of a Yorkie
There is not reason based on the health
or happiness to perform Yorkie tail docking. Having a docked tail does not improve any vital element of the dog including motor skills in regard to movement or health. Why are Yorkie tails docked? The only reason is so that the dog fits the breed standard of the AKC and the other dog clubs that call out for it. Therefore, this alteration in appearance
is only for aesthetic purposes.
If the owner of a Yorkie is not planning on showing their dog in dog shows, there is no reason to dock the tail, other than a personal preference to have a dog that matches closest to breed standard conformation.
If an owner is planning to show their Yorkie in an AKC, ANKC, CKC, NZKC or UKC Conformation Event, the tail must be docked in order for him or her to compete.
If an owner is planning to not show their Yorkie in an AKC, ANKC, CKC, NZKC or UKC Conformation Event, there is no reason other than aesthetic reasons to have this done. However, many owners will not have a say, as most will obtain their Yorkie puppy well after the procedure has already been done.