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Is it true that rotweilers and dobermans have no tail?

Hi everyone,

I am considering getting a new dog and I am really interested in either a Rottweiler or a Doberman. However, I have heard conflicting information about their tails. Some people have told me that these breeds don't have tails, while others have said that they do. I am a bit confused and I want to make sure I have accurate information before making my decision.

Can anyone provide some insight into whether Rottweilers and Dobermans have tails or not? If they do have tails, what do they look like and how long are they? And if they don't have tails, why is that the case?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I have owned several Rottweilers and Dobermans over the years, and I can confirm that both breeds have tails. Rottweilers typically have long, thick tails that have a slight curl to them. Dobermans, on the other hand, have long, thin tails that are naturally straight.

In the past, both breeds were commonly docked for a variety of reasons, but this practice is becoming less common due to concerns about the welfare of the dogs. If you do adopt a Rottweiler or Doberman with a docked tail, it's important to be aware that this will require some extra care and attention, especially during the healing process after the docking procedure.

Regardless of whether your dog has a tail or not, both Rottweilers and Dobermans are wonderful, loyal dogs that can make great pets for experienced dog owners. Remember to do your research and choose a reputable breeder that prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs.


Hello everyone,

As someone who has owned a Doberman for many years, I can confidently say that yes, they do have tails. Doberman's tails are traditionally docked, which means that a small portion of their tail is surgically removed when they are young. The reason for this is to prevent injuries and to give the dog a more sleek and polished look.

However, tail docking is becoming more controversial and considered unnecessary by some people. If you decide to get a Doberman with an undocked tail, you can expect their tail to be long and slender with a natural curve to it. Just keep in mind that there is a risk of injury if they don't have their tail docked, so you'll need to be cautious and supervise them closely.

Ultimately, whether or not you prefer a dog with a tail is a matter of personal preference. Both Rottweilers and Dobermans are great breeds with or without their tails.



I have owned both a Rottweiler and a Doberman, and can confirm that both breeds have tails. In fact, both of my dogs had long tails that were not docked.

Tail docking is a personal choice and some breeders and owners opt to dock their dog's tails for various reasons, such as tradition or to prevent injuries. However, as more research surfaces, there is growing evidence that tail docking can be a painful and unnecessary procedure.

In general, the length and appearance of a dog's tail can also vary between individuals, even within the same breed. Some dogs may have a thicker or thinner tail, while others may have a straight or curved tail.

Ultimately, the presence or absence of a tail should not be the sole factor in deciding which breed to get. Both Rottweilers and Dobermans are wonderful breeds with many positive qualities and traits that make them great companions.


Hello all,

As an owner of both Rottweilers and Dobermans for many years, I can confirm that both breeds have tails. Rottweilers have a long, thick tail with a slight curve, while Dobermans have a long, thin tail that is normally straight.

While some breeders opt to dock the tails for various reasons, including prevention of injuries or aesthetics, it is slowly becoming less common. Dog owners and breeders now prioritize the health of the dog over the need to dock their tails.

It is also essential to remember that whether a dog has a tail or not should not be the only factor in deciding which breed to get. Rottweilers and Dobermans are both fantastic breeds that require an owner who can train and socialize them properly.

Also, keep in mind that if you decide to adopt one with an undocked tail, it requires extra care to prevent injuries to the tail. In conclusion, both breeds with or without their tails can offer a lifetime of joy, love, and affection.



As an owner of a Rottweiler and Doberman, I can confirm that both breeds have tails. Rottweilers have a long tail that is thick at the base and narrows towards the end; it has a slight curve to it. In contrast, Dobermans have a long, slender tail that is straight and tapers at the end.

While it is true that both breeds have traditionally been docked, tail docking is becoming less popular as people become more educated about the procedure's potential harmful effects. Docked tails can be prone to nerve damage or pain, and it can take a significant amount of time for the dog to recover from the procedure.

Ultimately, whether your dog has a tail or not should not be the determining factor in which breed you choose. Both Rottweilers and Dobermans are intelligent, loyal, and loving dogs that can make outstanding family pets with proper training and socialization.



I have had a Rottweiler for a few years now, and I can confirm that they do have tails. In fact, their tails are quite long and sturdy. However, some breeders choose to dock their tails for cosmetic reasons or to prevent injuries, which can make it seem like they don't have a tail. I personally opted not to dock my dog's tail, as it is illegal in some areas and I believe it serves a purpose in balancing and communication.

I am not as familiar with Dobermans, but from what I have seen, they also have long tails that are sometimes docked. It really depends on the breeder and the owner's preference.

I hope this helps clarify things for you!


Hi everyone,

As a long-time owner of Dobermans, I can confirm that Dobermans do have tails. Most Dobermans you see have a docked tail, but some breeders have moved away from that tradition, and there are more Dobermans with tails nowadays.

Doberman tails are typically long and thin, with a slight curve but no kinks or bends. If you adopt a Doberman with an undocked tail, they may express themselves more through their tail movements when excited or happy, much like any other dog.

Ultimately, whether you prefer a dog with or without a tail is a personal choice. However, it's important to remember that tail docking can be a painful and unnecessary procedure that has potential health risks for the dog. So, it's worth considering adopting a dog with a natural, undocked tail instead.

Regardless of tail length, both Rottweilers and Dobermans are wonderful breeds of dogs with their individual personalities, behaviors, and tendencies.

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