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Do all Doberman Pinschers have short tails?

Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of researching Doberman Pinschers as a potential pet for my family. I have noticed that many pictures of this breed show them with short tails, but I am not sure if this is a common trait for all Dobermans or just a preference among breeders.

Can someone please clarify if Doberman Pinschers all have short tails or if there is variation in tail length among individuals? I appreciate any insight or personal experiences you can share on this topic. Thank you!

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Hello all,

I have never owned a Doberman Pinscher myself, but I do have a friend who has one with a long tail. From what I've learned talking to my friend and doing some research, tail docking is usually done for a combination of reasons, including practicality and breed standards.

From a practical standpoint, Dobermans were originally bred for personal protection and police work, so a short tail made it less likely for the dog to get injured or grabbed by an attacker. However, many people believe that these reasons are no longer valid in modern times.

Additionally, breed standards have dictated the look of the Doberman for decades, and a short tail is often seen as an essential part of the breed's appearance. However, it's worth noting that breed standards can change over time, and there are now breed clubs that advocate for undocked Dobermans.

Overall, I think that personal preference plays a significant role in whether or not someone wants a Doberman with a short or long tail. While tail docking can cause some pain and distress for the dog, some people prefer the look of a docked tail. In the end, the most important thing is to find a reputable breeder who cares for their dogs and prioritizes their well-being above everything else.



I have a Doberman Pinscher and can share my personal experience on this topic. While it is true that many Dobermans have short tails, not all of them do. My Doberman actually has a full-length tail, which is not as common but still possible within the breed.

I will say that the decision to dock a Doberman's tail is a controversial topic in the dog breeding community. In many countries, docking tails is illegal and considered unethical. However, in the United States and other countries where tail docking is still allowed, it is often done to make the dog's appearance more closely match breed standards.

In my case, I specifically sought out a breeder who did not dock tails and was able to find a Doberman with a full-length tail. I personally find the longer tail to be unique and beautiful, and it has not caused any issues in my dog's daily life or activities. At the end of the day, the decision to get a Doberman with a short or long tail is a personal preference, but either way, it is important to find a responsible breeder who prioritizes the health and wellbeing of the dog above standards of appearance.


Hello everyone!

My family owned a Doberman Pinscher for over 10 years and in our experience, our dog had a docked tail. As a result, I assumed for the longest time that all Dobermans naturally had short tails.

However, through further research, I've learned that tail docking is a controversial practice and is done for various reasons. Traditionally, it was done for practical purposes such as preventing injury to the tail during hunting or combat. Later on, it was also done for aesthetic reasons mainly because of breed standards.

If you're looking to get a Doberman Pinscher pup, I'd recommend considering both docked and undocked options. If you do end up with one with a docked tail, make sure to monitor the tail's stump to make sure it heals properly to avoid complications. In general, I think it comes down to personal preference in terms of appearance and practicality. Ultimately, what's most important is that you adopt from a reputable breeder that practices responsible breeding to ensure your future pup's overall health and well-being.


Hello folks!

I have been a proud owner of a Doberman Pinscher for the past year and can attest to the fact that some Dobermans have short tails and some have long tails. My pup has a naturally long tail, and as a result, we didn't have to go through the process of tail docking.

However, I do think that tail docking is not something to be taken lightly. It can be done for cosmetic purposes, and I am not sure if it is entirely necessary. Additionally, it may cause your pup some unnecessary pain and trauma. When we were looking for a Doberman pup, we specifically asked breeders about tail docking and made sure that any breeders we considered did not partake in this practice.

Ultimately, I would say that tail length should not be the deciding factor in choosing a Doberman Pinscher. There are many other important factors to consider such as temperament, health, etc. As long as you do thorough research and seek responsible breeders who take good care of their dogs, you're sure to find a wonderful Doberman companion regardless of tail length.


Hi all,

I have had two Doberman Pinschers over the years, and it's been my experience that the majority of the breed does have short tails. This is mainly due to the practice of tail docking, which is often done by breeders to meet strict conformations standards. However, this does not mean that all Dobermans are docked, since it is becoming less popular and even illegal in some countries.

When I got my first Doberman, I wasn't aware of the tail docking issue and ended up with a pup with a docked tail. With my second Doberman, I intentionally sought out a breeder who did not dock tails to get a pup with a natural tail. I have to say that I prefer the natural look, but it's not necessarily a deal-breaker for me.

I do think it's worth considering the potential consequences of tail docking. It's important to ensure that this procedure is done humanely and responsibly, as improper docking can lead to complications later on in life.

All in all, when considering a Doberman Pinscher, it's essential to do your research and find a reputable breeder that prioritizes the well-being of the dogs, regardless of whether their tails are docked or not.

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