Question by timetravler: Why do you think people assume that all dogs with stumpy tails are docked?
Do they not know that there are several breeds of dogs born with stumpy tails such as Boston Terriers, Australian cattle dogs, Bull dogs, Frenchies, and Corgi’s to name a few?
Do you think it is just many people are not knowledgeable?
Answer by 4Her4Life
The human brain is wired to categorize things based on past experience. Most dogs with short or no tails have artificially docked tails, so it’s not a bad or unreasonable guess. Not everyone knows everything (obviously) and those of us who do know, should educate (kindly) when given the opportunity.
I have to do it all the time because I own a rare breed of dog (Belgian Malinois) that superficially resembles a very common breed (German Shepherd). I have learned the polite smile and correction from years of getting compliments on my “beautiful but petite German Shepherd” or being asked “what my dog is mixed with”.
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