Anyone following the electoral campaign here in the U S of A knows that polls, polls, and more polls dominate the news. So, as much as we terriers hate being trendy, we have to reply to all of your comments on our last post about a theory connecting tail docking and aggressiveness with, what else, the results of our very unscientific poll.
Based on 24 responses to our post -- drumbeat everyone -- the consensus is that the concept is a lot of hooey! And we most certainly agree. Although Murphey had an interesting thought: since his brother Reilly's docked tail is too short to show other dogs that he wants to play, perhaps he doesn't make as many friends as he might otherwise.
In fairness though, with the exception of our whippet pals, most of the responses were terriers. Not sure how some other bigger breeds might respond.
We especially loved the response from Persephone and Buster: "Well, we Kerries have a "slightly-docked" tail (back in the old sod and in the UK, the tails are a little longer), and truthfully, we tend to be aggressive and obnoxious no matter what the length! It's kinda like asking an Irishman in a pub if he's more prone to pick a fight when he's drunk or half-drunk ("You callin' me drunk?! I'll show yer!!!")."
Jake and Just Harry
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