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born with a broken tail

Discussion in 'Dog Discussion' started by butch cass, Jul 22, 2011.


    ATEXAN Big Dog

    I second that.:cool:
  2. who said the pup was being put down ?
    i re-homed him to a lad who lost his last pit to old age = free
  3. the sml black spots are tar from the out side of the welping pen
  4. Tiznow

    Tiznow Big Dog

    It's a kinked tail -- we see them in Am Stafs fairly often and it tends to run in families. It's not "broken". Once I saw one that had been x-rayed and the vertebrae in the tail were oddly shaped and spaced. The closer they are up to the spine, the more likely the dog is to have spinal problems.

    It's sort of a stigma to have produced them (mild ones get shown and win -- if real visible, hurts a dog in the ring) and many people will make an excuse and say the tail got "broken" -- most know better! It's genetic (have no idea of inheritance, it's quite widespread in Am Stafs).
    It's the first thing I check as puppies are born -- run my fingers down that tail -- a kink will be there at birth and is easy to feel. Any irregularity you feel in the tail will only get worse as the dog grows.
  5. T.A.K

    T.A.K Pup

    many dogs have that it makes no difference to the dog there was a dog in ireland "ramrod's ch billy broken tail " no prizes for guessing why he got the name
  6. Dusty Road

    Dusty Road CH Dog

    "Billy"s tail was broken when he was about 10months old....R
  7. joelkckit

    joelkckit Big Dog

    nice pups. looking like a alpha dog already.;)
  8. how did that happen ;-))
  9. Dusty Road

    Dusty Road CH Dog

    He was involved in a accidental kennel fight, and his owner grabbed him by the tail and broke it...R
  10. Madusa

    Madusa CH Dog

    A kink can be genetic, it can also be caused by overcrowding prior to birth, and yes even by injury. The tail that is normally between the pups legs prior to birth is sometimes around one of the back legs causing the kink to form in utero. So the question you should ask yourself is "Is this a genetic issue?" That can be determined by knowing your line. It is not a terrible thing and a piss poor reason to cull a dog if you ask me as it causes no long term issues in the majority of cases.
  11. i never said it was culled i said it was given away free to a good home ;-))
    it was = http://www.game-dog.com/member.php?u=16359
    who said CULLED
  12. NGK

    NGK Top Dog

    If you beleive the history of the breed a dog with an abnormal tail could be a throwback to the old english bulldog, Colby had bobtail dogs and to this day it pops up in his bloodline when bred pure. I have a male here who was born with a bobtail and one of his littermates has a kinked tail, its in the breed and to cull because of it IMO is foolish. Some dogs with crooked tails have been linked to other genetic faults when extensive testing has been done and if this is the case cull but a slight abnormality in the tail is not always a genetic fault.


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