Corgis are a breed of dog that often has their tails docked. This blog post will discuss why corgis have their tails docked and the process. We will also provide an ultimate guide to caring for corgis!

So, if you’re curious about this topic, keep reading!

So, do corgis have docked tails? This is a question that many people have asked.

As a whole, all corgis have docked tails, and it’s one of the things that makes them so uniquely adorable. But why do they have docked tails? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, it’s thought to be a way of preventing injuries. A long tail can easily get stepped on or hurt in other ways, so docking it helps to keep corgis safe. 

Another reason is that docked tails are simply part of the breed standard for corgis. If you want to show your Corgi in dog shows, he or she must have a docked tail.

But there is a lot more to cover.

Let’s dive in!

So, how is the docking process done? It’s actually pretty simple. The vet will use a special tool to remove the portion of the tail that contains the bones. This doesn’t hurt the dog because there are no nerve endings in that part of the tail.

After the tail is docked, the area will be covered with a bandage to help heal. The whole process is pretty quick and easy, and your Corgi will be back to its usual self in no time!

Are Corgis Born With Tails?

As a general rule, corgis are born with tails, but many are docked (or have the tail removed) soon after birth. This is a practice that has been going on for centuries, but it’s now coming under increased scrutiny. 

Why do people dock the tails of corgis?

The most common reason is that it looks nicer. A docked tail gives the dog a neater appearance and some people believe that it also makes the dog look more like a fox, which is considered to be very stylish.

In some countries, however, they don’t allow tail docking.

So, if you’re thinking of getting a corgi, be sure to check the laws in your country first!

If you already have a corgi, you probably don’t need to worry about this too much.

But it’s still important to be aware of the reasons why people dock tails so that you can make the best decision for your own dog.

Are corgis born with a short tail?

As a whole, Corgis’ tails are docked when they are born. Docking is the process of removing a portion of an animal’s tail. In most cases, docking is done for aesthetic reasons. For example, many breeds of dogs have their tails docked to make them look more aesthetically pleasing. In some cases, docking is done for practical reasons. For example, sheep are often docked to prevent them from getting caught in fences.

Docking is a controversial practice, and it is banned in some countries. Some people believe that it is cruel to remove a portion of an animal’s tail without any medical reason.

Pembroke or cardigan? Which Corgi has a tail?

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of corgis: Pembrokes and Cardigans.

Pembroke Welsh corgis do not have tails, while Cardigan Welsh corgis do.

So if you’re looking for a corgi with a tail, you’ll want to get a Cardigan.

But why do Pembroke corgis have docked tails? 

The most common reason is that it’s simply tradition.

Docking tails have been done for centuries, and it’s still done today in many parts of the world.

It’s also thought to be beneficial for the dog in terms of health and hygiene.

A docked tail is less likely to get injured, and it’s also easier to keep clean.

Do the Queen’s corgis have tails?

The royal corgis are all descendants of one dog named Dookie, who was acquired by King George VI in 1933. All the Queen’s subsequent corgis have been descended from Dookie. The practice of docking tails is now illegal in the UK, but all of the Queen’s current and past corgis were born before this law was enacted.

Do corgis have docked tails? Yes, all of the Queen’s corgis have docked tails. 

Buying a puppy with a docked tail

If you’re looking to buy a Corgi puppy, you might be wondering if their tails are docked. The answer is yes. Most corgis have docked tails.

The tail is typically docked when the puppy is between two and five days old.

It’s a fairly simple procedure that can be done by a vet or qualified breeder.

Alternatives to docking the tail of a corgi

There are a couple of ways that people have come up with to avoid docking the tail of a corgi. The first is called “bobbing” the tail. This is when the vet removes just the tip of the tail, leaving most of it intact. This does not hurt the dog as much and allows them to still wag their tail. 

The second alternative is called “taping” the tail. This is when you use medical tape to attach the tail to the body so that it cannot move. This does not hurt the dog either, but it can be uncomfortable for them if they are not used to it.

Bobtail and the Taping tail: How to identify them

corgis docked tails

The most common way to identify Corgi is by their short tail, or what’s called a bobtail. A bobtail is when the dog’s natural tail has been docked or removed. This was originally done for two reasons: farmers used to believe it prevented rabies and also that it stopped the Corgi from getting lice.

Popular dog bobtail breeds

Corgis are not the only dog breed with a docked tail. In fact, there are many popular dog breeds that have their tails docked. Some of these include:

  • Corgis
  • Australian Shepherds
  • Boston Terriers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • American Eskimo Dogs
  • Beagles
  • Boxers
  • Bulldogs
  • Cocker Spaniels

Taping the tail is when the dog still has their natural tail, but it’s been taped so that it points downwards. This was also done for practical reasons, as farmers believed it prevented cows from kicking the dogs while they herded. Nowadays, this isn’t done as much for practical reasons, but more for esthetic reasons.

If you’re planning to buy a Corgi, or maybe you already have one, you might want to know if corgis are easy to train. In a recent article, I explain if corgis are easy to train as well as common mistakes to avoid.

Popular dog taping breeds

The most popular dog breeds that have their tails docked are:

  • Boxers
  • Dobermans
  • Great Danes
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Pit Bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • Staffordshire Terriers

So, do all corgis have docked tails? No, not all of them. If you see a corgi with a long tail, it’s most likely because they are from a different bloodline or their tail wasn’t docked for some other reason.

List of countries where docking is banned

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • The Netherlands

In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, docking is still legal provided it is done by a veterinarian for medical or cosmetic reasons. Docking is also legal in the United States, although it is banned in some states, such as Maryland and California.

Should you dock your dog’s tail?

This is a decision that you will need to make for yourself. There are pros and cons to docking a dog’s tail. You will need to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. If you do decide to dock your dog’s tail, be sure to do it in a country where it is legal.

So, now that we know where docking is banned let’s look at why people dock tails. There are a few reasons:

  • Aesthetics. Some people believe that docked tails look nicer or more “normal.”
  • Tradition. In many parts of the world, docking tails has been done for centuries.
  • Health reasons. It’s thought that docking tails can help prevent injuries and also make it easier to keep the dog’s rear end clean.

The history of docking tails

Docking tails has been a practice for centuries, with evidence of it dating back to at least the 1500s. The reason for docking tails is twofold: first, it was thought to prevent rabies (although there is no scientific evidence to support this), and second, it was considered aesthetically pleasing. 

The practice of docking tails became particularly common in the 1800s, when many breeds were developed that had long, flowing tails (such as the Afghan Hound and the Greyhound). Docking tails was seen as a way to prevent these dogs from getting their tails tangled or injured.

Today, tail docking is still done for aesthetic reasons in some breeds, including the Corgi. However, it is important to note that tail docking is a painful procedure and can be harmful to the dog if not done properly. 

Is it cruel to dock a dog’s tail?

The American Kennel Club’s official stance is that “docking of tails in certain breeds is acceptable. In others, it is considered a cosmetic practice that should be avoided.”

The Kennel Club’s position varies depending on the country and organization, but tail docking remains a controversial topic.

What’s your opinion? Is it cruel to dock a dog’s tail?

You can give your opinion in this short survey.

What about barking? Do Corgis bark a lot? and why?

That’s what I answer in a recent article. In that article, I looked at what to do if your Corgi bark a lot, the different reasons why your Corgi might be barking, and even the different types of barking for each situation.

Docking tails on puppies

Tail docking is usually done when the puppy is between two and five days old. It is a painful procedure, and the puppy will need to be given pain relief.

There are two main methods of tail docking:

The first method involves cutting the tail with a scalpel or scissors.

The second method involves using a rubber band to cut off the blood supply to the tail.

Both methods are considered cruel by many animal welfare organizations, and tail docking is banned in several countries.

How long does it take for a docked tail to heal?

The healing process for a docked tail can take up to two weeks. The area will be sore and sensitive during this time, so it’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable and not in any pain.

After the initial healing period, the tail should continue to get stronger and healthier with time.

How much does it cost to dock a puppy’s tail?

The cost of docking a puppy’s tail can range from $50 to $150.

Docking is usually done when the puppy is between two and six days old.

The procedure is typically performed by a veterinarian or a professional dog groomer.


So, those are the reasons why corgis have their tails docked. It’s an important process to make sure they can live healthy and happy lives.

While the practice of docking tails is often met with criticism, it remains a common procedure among corgi owners.

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