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Are all black-and-tan Doberman Pinschers (Dobes) born with short tails?

Hello everyone,

I am considering getting a black-and-tan Doberman Pinscher (Dobe) as a new addition to my family. However, I am confused about whether all Dobes with this coloring are born with short tails or not.

I've done some research online, and while some sources say that all Dobes have their tails docked at a young age, others suggest that some breeders now refrain from this practice and allow their puppies to keep their tails. Additionally, I've seen pictures of black-and-tan Dobes with both short and long tails, making me all the more unsure.

So, I wanted to turn to the experts here and ask if you know for sure whether all black-and-tan Dobes are born with short tails, or if it varies depending on the breeder or other factors. Any insights or personal experiences you can share will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hi everyone,

I've had a black-and-tan Doberman for a few years now and can attest that my pup was born with a short tail. From what I've been told, tail docking is a common practice in the Doberman breed because it can prevent injury to the tail whilst the dog is working. As Dobermans are very high-energy dogs, it's possible that they could injure their tails during work, and docking helps to reduce that possibility.

While I understand the reasons behind docking tails, I personally would have preferred if my Doberman had kept their tail. Tail docking involves removing a portion of the tail, and it can be painful for the puppy, which doesn't sit well with me. Additionally, having a natural tail can help the dog communicate with other dogs, as wagging tails have been shown to play a helpful role in canine social interactions.

That being said, it's ultimately up to the owner to decide what look they prefer for their dog. It's not necessarily a bad thing to choose a Doberman with a docked tail, as it won't affect the dog's overall health or well-being. However, if you have strong feelings about the issue, it may be worthwhile to research and consider breeders who don't dock tails.

In conclusion, while most black-and-tan Doberman Pinschers are born with short tails, there are some breeders who choose to leave the tails intact, so it's worth asking a breeder about their policies before making a decision. At the end of the day, it's all about personal preference and what feels right for you and your furry friend.



As a Doberman Pinscher owner, I've had the privilege of owning both black-and-tan Dobes with docked tails and natural tails. In my experience, black-and-tan Dobes are more likely to have docked tails, as it's the traditional practice in the breed. That being said, there are breeders who choose not to dock the tails of their puppies.

I've personally seen both docked and undocked black-and-tan Dobes and think they look great either way. However, I do believe that a natural tail adds to their distinct and elegant look. Additionally, allowing the pups to keep their tails has been recommended by many animal rights groups and veterinarians, as they explain the purpose of the tail.

In my opinion, whether or not a Doberman has a docked tail is irrelevant to their personality, health or intelligence. However, as responsible pet owners, we should educate and advocate for ethical breeding practices, and also respect the different opinions regarding the long-lasting practice of tail docking.

When it comes to choosing between a Doberman with a docked tail or one with a natural tail, what's important is considering the pet's well-being, temperament, and personality, as these factors will be the ones that will significantly impact the dog's quality of life.

In conclusion, some black-and-tan Doberman Pinschers are born with docked tails while others have natural tails, and these breed variations will continue to exist, hence it all boils down to what the breeder is most comfortable with. How a dog looks won't change how much they'll be loved and cared for, and that's what makes these furry animals unique and cherished in our lives.



I have had multiple Dobermans over the years, both with and without docked tails. From my experience, black-and-tan Dobermans are more likely to have docked tails than other color variations, but it's not a guarantee. Tail docking has been a traditional practice in the breed, but it's not as common now as it used to be. Many breeders are opting not to dock tails for ethical reasons.

Personally, I don't mind whether my Doberman has a docked tail or not. I think they look sleek either way. However, it's important to consider that some countries have regulations surrounding tail docking, and if you plan on showing your Doberman, it's best to check the regulations to ensure that you meet the requirements.

While I understand people's positions on the matter, I think it all comes down to individual breeder practices and what you feel comfortable with as an owner. The most important thing is making sure your dog is happy and healthy. At the end of the day, the length of your dog's tail won't determine how much they love you or how well they fit into your family.

In conclusion, it's not a guarantee that all black-and-tan Dobermans are born with a docked tail. It all depends on breeder practices and personal preferences. Some people prefer the traditional look of a docked tail, while others prefer the natural look. But either way, your Doberman will make a great companion.



I've been a Doberman Pinscher owner for a few years now and have had black-and-tan Dobes with both docked and natural tails. In my personal experience, it's rarer for black-and-tan Dobes to have a natural tail, as most breeders still follow the traditional practice of tail docking. However, there are breeders who choose not to dock tails, so it's possible to find a black-and-tan Doberman with a natural tail if that's the look you prefer.

As a dog lover, I do understand concerns about tail docking as it can be an invasive procedure and can cause pain and discomfort for the pup. Nonetheless, I do know that Dobermans' tails have been traditionally docked to prevent tail injuries or damage that may occur during work or running, even while playing or excessively wagging. Tail docking is usually done when the pups are very young, at just a few days old, and doesn't cause much harm or pain as they are still developing, but it can vary depending on the breeder.

Personally, I'd love to see breeders shift away from the traditional practice of tail docking and opt for a natural tail, as I think it makes the dog look more balanced and adds flair in their own way. Additionally, natural tails play an important role for dogs to communicate through body language. However, I completely understand that preference of tail docking is subjective and different for everyone.

At the end of the day, whether a black-and-tan Doberman has a docked or natural tail, it won't significantly impact their personality, health, or behavior. Ultimately, what matters the most is the love, care, and companionship you share with your furry friend.



I have always been an animal lover and for the past few years, I've been a proud owner of a Doberman pinscher named Zeus. Having lived with one, I can say that the length of the tail of a black-and-tan Doberman pinscher doesn't have any significant impact on their behavior and temperament. Zeus has a short tail, which fits well with his slender and muscular physique, but his tail length doesn't make him any less affectionate, loyal, intelligent, or playful.

Though, I do agree with some cautionary measures- Doberman pinschers have a long history of being working dogs, and like any other dog, they are prone to tail injuries- which is why breeders dock their tails when they're young. This practice is intended to protect the Doberman's tail during work, preventing the dog from possibly injuring their tail while carrying out their duty.

While I respect the opinion of those for or against tail docking, it’s a personal preference. Personally, I think docked tails are a part of the traditional look of the Doberman, which I find aesthetically appealing. Specifically talking about black-and-tan Dobermans, these dogs are known for their distinctive marking, and that makes them a popular choice amongst many.

So, to sum it up, not all black-and-tan Dobermans are born with short tails, but it is most likely due to tradition. Whether you choose to have your Doberman with or without a docked tail, it’s ultimately a personal decision that doesn’t impact their temperament, socialization or training as a dog.


Hello everyone,

As a Doberman Pinscher owner myself, I can share my personal experience regarding this topic. I have owned two black-and-tan Dobes, and both of them were born with short tails. However, I also know a few people who own black-and-tan Dobes with long tails.

From my understanding, tail docking is a traditional practice in the Doberman breed, and it is often done for practical reasons. For example, Dobermans were originally bred as guard dogs and were docked to prevent tail injuries during work. Traditionally, tails are docked at a young age when puppies are just a few days old, and this practice is done by a veterinarian.

Nowadays, there are debates about tail docking, and some breeders choose not to dock tails. However, it's important to note that tail docking is still legal in many countries and is considered acceptable in the breed standard for shows.

In my opinion, whether you choose to go with a black-and-tan Doberman with a short or long tail comes down to personal preference. Some people like the look of a docked tail and prefer that traditional breed look, while others think that a natural tail suits the Doberman just fine.

In conclusion, the decision of whether all black-and-tan Dobermans are born with short tails is a bit more complex than a simple "yes" or "no." It might depend on the breeder, the country where you're located, and the individual dog's breeding history. But ultimately, it's up to you to decide what kind of Doberman you would like to welcome into your home.


Hi there,

I've been a Doberman Pinscher owner for many years and have had the pleasure of raising both black-and-tan and other color variations. In my experience, all of my black-and-tan Dobes have been born with short tails. I believe this is because tail docking has been a common practice in the breed for many years, and black-and-tan is a popular color among Doberman breeders.

That being said, as you mentioned, tail docking is becoming less common and some breeders are choosing to allow their puppies to keep their tails. However, I'm not sure if this is true for all breeders or if it's specific to certain breeding practices.

Personally, I find that docking the tail doesn't affect my Doberman's happiness or health in any way. In fact, I appreciate the cleaner look that it gives them. But I understand that it's a personal choice and some people prefer to keep their dog's tails intact.

Overall, I think the best way to find out if a breeder allows their puppies to keep their tails is to ask them directly. They should be able to provide you with information on their specific breeding practices and whether they dock tails or not.

I hope this helps!

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