I am a Rottweiler owner. Rottweilers (in this country) are a docked breed. Our standard says so.
The AKC standard for my breed says, "Tail docked short". I can't for the life of me figure out why there are exhibitors that continue to enter, and have shown, Rottweilers with natural tails. Can't they read? I'm sure they can, but what about the judges? Do they know what our standard says?
There are many opportunities in various venues to compete with purebred dogs: the AKC, the UKC, European-style shows, agility, tracking, herding, obedience, etc, etc....And yet, I read things like, "it's my right to show my tailed dog, they can't excuse me for that!"....Well, yes "they" (being judges, I assume) CAN! If a person can't deal with the fact that showing a natural tail in our breed (in AKC conformation) means that your dog may get excused, then go to another venue!
The UKC, for example, allows either a docked or natural tail for my breed in conformation, so do the European-style shows. The AKC standard, however, says, "tail docked short"...our standard makes absolutely ZERO reference to a natural tail. (so, um, just how would an AKC judge "know" what a natural tail is supposed to look like since it is not described in our standard?)
I guess those that choose to enter and exhibit a tailed dog expect the judge to just overlook that tail...just take a guess at what it is supposed to be, when every other aspect of our breed is spelled out.
Far be it from me to tell people what breed to own, or what to do with them when it comes to breeding decisions, or whether or not to dock or crop. Yep, it's your choice on whether to enter your tailed dog or not; just remember that it is the JUDGE'S CHOICE to throw you out on your tail, or place your dog last.