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Why Do Some Corgis Have Tails and Others Don’t?

Why Do Some Corgis Have Tails and Others Don’t?

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Last Updated on January 23, 2024 by May Jones

No, not all corgis have tails. Corgis are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. But have you ever wondered why some corgis have tails while others don’t? The answer lies in the history and genetics of these dogs.

Corgis and Their Tails: A Brief History

At their core, corgis are a distinct breed of dog that has been around for hundreds of years. While the exact origin of these dogs is somewhat unclear, it is generally believed that they were originally bred as herding dogs in Wales. As such, many early corgi breeds do not have tails – this was simply seen as an effective way to make the dogs more agile and nimble when herding animals on the farm.

Today, there are multiple different types of corgis, each with their own unique characteristics. Some do have tails, while others do not. However, regardless of tail size or shape, what remains consistent is that these dogs are loyal and energetic companions that make great family pets. So if you’re considering adding a corgi to your home, do not let their tail length dissuade you – these dogs are full of life and love!

So Why Do Some Corgis Have Tails While Others Don’t?

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It’s actually due to a genetic mutation called “bobtail”. This mutation causes the tail to stop growing early on during puppyhood, resulting in a shorter-than-normal tail (or no tail at all).

The Difference Between Tailless and Bobtailed Corgis

While both tailless and bobtailed corgis do not have long, traditional-looking tails, there are some key differences between the two.

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For starters, tailless corgis are often born with a tail but get them docked after birth. This is banned in many countries across the world but currently still unrestricted and often practised in the US.

Meanwhile, bobtailed corgis are born without a tail due to a genetic mutation, or may have a tail that’s much shorter than the tail of other non-bobtail corgis.

I hope this article helped to clear up some of the common misconceptions about corgis and their tails! Whether your corgi has a long, fluffy tail or is born without one, these dogs are truly one-of-a-kind companions that deserve all of our love and attention.

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