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.
Potential owners are often surprised that when looking at puppies for sale, it is mentioned that this has already been done...Therefore, they do not have a chance to decide for themselves.
If one does not want their puppy to have a shorter, erect tail, one would normally put a deposit down on a pup of an expected
litter, with explicit instructions to leave the Yorkie tail as it is.
This is not uncommon and for this reason, there are lots of Yorkies with natural tails... Our own poll regarding this showed a 60/40 ratio....showing that almost 1/2 of all owners of purebreds, have a dog that is left natural.