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Docking proposals announced
KC announces ‘minimal changes’ to docking clause


At its recent meeting, the General Committee approved minimal changes to the tail clauses of a number of breeds. This is in addition to those Breed Standards amended recently to include the phrase, ‘previously customarily docked’. 

The Committee agreed that it was important to reflect the recent change in legislation within the Breed Standards. However, this is of course an interim step and breed clubs are at liberty to put forward proposals for further change in the usual manner. The changes made are as follows:
Brittany Tail Naturally tailless or short, previously customarily docked. Full tail set high, carried horizontally or slightly lower.

German Longhaired Pointer Tail  Well feathered, slightly scimitar shaped, moderately long, not reaching below hocks. Strong at root, becoming gradually thinner. Carried horizontally or just below line of back. Previously, docking of tip of tail was optional.

Large Munsterlander Tail Well set on, in line with the back. Base thick, tapering evenly towards the tip, well feathered. It should be carried horizontally or curved slightly upwards. Previously, docking of tip of tail was optional.

Glen of Imaal Terrier Tail Docking previously optional. Docked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. Undocked: Strong at root. Well set on and carried gaily. In overall balance with rest of the dog.

Norfolk Terrier Tail Docking of tail previously optional.

(a) Medium docked, set level with topline and carried erect.

(b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, but not excessively gay.

Norwich Terrier Tail Docking previously optional.

(a) Medium docked. Set high, completing perfectly level topline. Carried erect.

(b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, not excessively gay, completing perfectly level topline.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tail Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking previously optional when no more than one-third was to be removed.

King Charles Spaniel Tail Docking previously optional. Docked: Well feathered, not carried over or above level of back. Undocked: Well feathered, not carried over or above level of back. In overall balance with the rest of the dog.