Dogs wag their tails as a form of communication. As well as happiness, tail-wagging also expresses anger and agitation. A person should look at the entire body of the dog to determine the emotion - stiffened muscles, tension and ears pinned back are signs that it is best to leave a dog alone.Know More
Dog originally used their tails for balance. The tail keeps the dog from falling over when it has to make a turn while running. It also helps the dog balance while climbing or jumping.
Dogs do not wag from birth. Most dogs begin wagging at the age of a month and a half, when it becomes necessary to communicate with their mothers or other members of the litter.Learn More
Australian shepherds can be born with distinctive bobbed tails, but puppies can also be born with long tails or partially bobbed tails. Following birth, a breeder docks the tails of the puppies to conform with the accepted appearance of the breed.Full Answer >
Dogs wag their tails to convey strong emotions, such as happiness or agitation. Other clues can help people understand whether a dog's tail wagging is a gesture of welcoming or warning.Full Answer >
Dogs have no way of communicating their maladies verbally, so the sight of a dog chewing its own tail is an alarming one, and it means one of a number of problems, including an allergic reaction to parasitic infestation or simply boredom. Pet owners who are unable to determine which of those is the case should take their dogs in for a checkup at the veterinarian because once a dog develops a "hot spot," or a wet, red irritated spot that happens with persistent biting, the cycle becomes even more difficult to stop.Full Answer >
Some of the breeds of dogs that have either short or no tails at all include French bulldogs, English bulldogs, French pointers, Australian shepherds and Welsh corgis. Dogs and their ancestors naturally have tails. However, over generations, humans have bred certain types of dogs to have virtually no visible tail.Full Answer >