On one of our wirey lists, the topic has turned to the effects of tail docking on a dog's temperament. Some research suggested that a dog whose tail has been docked is missing a natural way of deflecting aggression and thus, in defense, become more aggressive himself.
The scientific basis for this conclusion is murky. But we were intrigued. As most of you know, I, Jake, have a very short, but sassy tail. My brother has a much longer tail -- although someone who saw it said it might have been docked as well.
As most of you also know, I am of a serious, philosphical nature -- but sweet and not prone to aggression unless it is a matter of who gets to open the door first, or deal with a CAT...
And my brother -- he of the longer tail -- is more often than not prone to pick a fight with me, although he too can be very lovable and sweet (or so Mom says).
Obviously, we are a less than scientific sample of two. But what do you all think? Does the length of your tail influence your personality?