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02-28-2014 12:43 AM
Gretchen Tail looks normal. If you ever notice it getting thinner, losing hair then have your dog checked for low thyroid.
02-28-2014 12:16 AM
LeoRose
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
The German Shepherd standard requires the tail to extend to at least the hock joint, however, not beyond the middle of the rear pastern. It should have slightly longer hair on the underside and carried in a gentle hanging curve when relaxed. It can be carried higher when excited or during movement but not above the horizontal.

By not trimming the tail ends will usually result in the tail being lifted all the time resulting in a kink - ie the dog gets used to carrying his tail like this, so that when relaxed the tail will still be held high or in a kink like fashion - I have seen this so often.

By burning the tail ENDS not the whole tail!!! you will get a much more natural looking trim as opposed to cutting the ENDS straight across. By not allowing the straggly ends to touch the ground will allow the tail to fall where it is suppose to.

This is the breed standard and for showing purposes, if you are not showing your dog and proper formation of the tail for the breed doesn't worry you, then leave it as is.

People that show and are used to critiquing a GSD for breed standard in appearance will notice (not a major problem)
And here I thought that a gay tail was a conformation fault, not the result of them trying to avoid dragging their tail hair on the ground. Silly me....

Guess I better break out the matches.

Leo's birthday 021 by RBElwell, on Flickr
02-27-2014 05:15 PM
Galathiel My dog's tail is super long .. and kinked. Wish I had known earlier and I would have trimmed the long hairs on the tip of his tail (his tail was on the ground when he was little...that's how long it was).
02-27-2014 04:39 PM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by Traveler's Mom View Post
What!!!!!!! ??????????
The German Shepherd standard requires the tail to extend to at least the hock joint, however, not beyond the middle of the rear pastern. It should have slightly longer hair on the underside and carried in a gentle hanging curve when relaxed. It can be carried higher when excited or during movement but not above the horizontal.

By not trimming the tail ends will usually result in the tail being lifted all the time resulting in a kink - ie the dog gets used to carrying his tail like this, so that when relaxed the tail will still be held high or in a kink like fashion - I have seen this so often.

By burning the tail ENDS not the whole tail!!! you will get a much more natural looking trim as opposed to cutting the ENDS straight across. By not allowing the straggly ends to touch the ground will allow the tail to fall where it is suppose to.

This is the breed standard and for showing purposes, if you are not showing your dog and proper formation of the tail for the breed doesn't worry you, then leave it as is.

People that show and are used to critiquing a GSD for breed standard in appearance will notice (not a major problem)
02-27-2014 01:09 PM
lennyb Tails completely normal.. Burning the tail end? I know when I burn arm hair grilling it smells but dog hair/fur that's got to stink. Don't think I'd have the cahonies to do that.
02-27-2014 01:00 PM
Ikram45 So this tail is normal for an 11 month GSD?
02-27-2014 12:15 PM
Mocha My female (4 years old) has an entire fluff butt.

My 8 month old just stringy

They'll get there !


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02-27-2014 10:33 AM
Galathiel Sadly, your dog's tail is fluffier than my pup's is at 10 months old. Still!!! Ugh. It's a bit better than it was but ... no. Not floofy at all.
02-27-2014 10:33 AM
SiegersMom Wow...my luck with matches I'd catch the whole tail on fire We have a rather bushy tail and the long hairs don't bother me at all.

As far as the tail in the pics...Some dogs don't have the thick plush coat so the tail may never get thicker and that is OK. His tail is not stick skinny so I don't see a problem. I've seen dogs with thinner tails.
02-27-2014 09:05 AM
Traveler's Mom What!!!!!!! ??????????
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