A young Yorkie puppy without a docked tail. The tail is left natural and as you can see,
it has a slight wave to it. At this natural length, it will move around quite a bit... as opposed to the shorter, erect docked tail.
If an owner is living in a country in which this is banned, certainly we suggest to not have the tail docked...As it would most likely need to be done in a less than sterile, ideal environment.
What Exactly is Docking?
Docking is the procedure that is done to Yorkie newborns
, in some counties, in which their naturally long tail is made shorter via amputation. This is not to be taken lightly... any sort of procedure such as this does cause discomfort. This causes the dog's tail to stand straight and erect. With this breed, it is cut to 1/2 the normal length thus resulting in a medium sized tail, which then will stand up vertically.
How and When is This Done?
This can be done in 1 of 2 ways.
The 1st involves constricting the blood supply to the Yorkie tail with a rubber ligature for a few days . When done correctly, the top part of the tail will fall off. This is normally done when the puppy is 24 to 96 hours old. The puppy's tail falls off in about 3 days.