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What Breed Is This

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Someone over on the Leerburg site is asking about a GSD with a docked tail. I have seen a few pictures from various countries (France & Great Britain come to mind) of what looks like a GSD but has no tail. In most of the pictures I have seen, the dogs seem to be working police dogs. Does anyone know what this breed is? If they are GSDs, does anyone know why the tails are docked?
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Jacob Tallmon said:
Sarah nailed this one. A lot of high-strung PSDs (usually Mals...) get so spun out at work that they spin circles and repeatedly strike their tails against the car insert. They break the tail open and begin to bleed. Even if you bandage it or stop the bleeding, it is hard to keep the dog calm long enough to heal completely. What ends up happening is one injury being repeatedly opened. Amputation is often the final option in order to keep the dog healthy and able to work.
my dog occasionally busts his tail open in the car. for the first couple months i had him i wondered why i would see tiny specs of blood on my computer screen occastionally. then one day i noticed the very end of his tail is basically hairless and to me almost looks like scar tissue (from being broken open repeatedly). it still happens occasionally, but not enough that i would consider docking him. if it got to be a regular occurrence, i would consider it. i have worked to keep his spinning down to a minimum like making him go down when i'm just parked in a lot report writing or if i'm meeting with another officer...
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