While many dog breeds seem to have no tails, some of these breeds get this look via tail docking. There are dogs that are born without tails, so if you want to have a tail-less dog and avoid the practice of tail docking, this list will help you. Some dogs are born without any tail, while others may have very short tails.
Dogs that have docked tails are dogs that have had their tail either amputated when older or removed with a rubber band at a few days of age. This practice has been banned in many countries. Since this procedure tends to be done without anesthesia, it is generally painful and is considered animal cruelty in many jurisdictions.
Dogs Born Without Tails
- Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
- Croatian Sheepdog
- Brittany Spaniel
- Braque du Bourbonnais
- Boston Terrier
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- French Bulldog
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
This breed was bred for herding in harsh conditions. They are rare outside of Australia.
This dog used to have a long tail that was docked. When tail docking was banned in Croatia, breeders began selecting for shorter tails so the breed would still have the short tail.
Like the Braque du Bourbonnais, this hunting dog has a naturally short or missing tail.
Braque du Bourbonnais
This French breed has the same tail mutation as the Brittany Spaniel. They are most commonly bred in the United States and may be called a short-tail pointer.
Boston terriers require a short tail referred to as a nub. A long or docked tail in a purebred dog means they can’t be registered.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh corgi has been bred to have a short tail in areas where tail docking has been banned. If you are in the United States, the AKC still encourages tail docking for this breed.
The French bulldog was bred for ratting originally, and like most ratters has a short tail to prevent injury.