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Do We Dock the Tails? Tail docking has an historical rationale based on breed. Interestingly, in the British Isles where Old English Sheepdogs originated, pet dogs were taxed, but a working dog was not. For that reason, the tails of working dogs were docked so that tax assessors could recognize their working status. Poodles were developed as water retrievers. Their tails were docked to increase swimming speed and efficiency. Of course, neither of those reasons still apply to our POSH puppies. However, because we produce puppies for Service Dog work, there is an intention behind tail docking. Service Dogs must be able to negotiate public places, and tuck themselves into small spaces – like under a table at a restaurant. A long tail can extend into the foot traffic area and become a nuisance. It can also wag and knock merchandise off of the end counter of a department store. Finally, a disabled hander must maintain her Service Dog’s coat in good condition between professional grooming. For some people, keeping up with brushing of a non-shedding coat can be a challenge, especially a tail that picks up debris like grass clippings or fragments of dry, autumn leaves in the yard. Docking the tail makes it easier to manage the dog’s coat condition. Since both of the parent breeds of our POSH puppies have a history of docked tails, and because there are SD benefits to the short tail, we suggest that the tails of puppies used for Service Dog work be docked. It is not a requirement. If you submit a deposit prior to the day that the puppies turn three days old, you may designate your preference for tail length. We have found that most pet/companion puppy buyers of our POSH puppies prefer to have a natural (undocked) tail. So, we leave the tails natural on any puppies that have not been reserved with a deposit and requested to have a docked tail.