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Should the tail be docked on my Miniature Schnauzer?

The standard for the Miniature Schnauzer says “tail - set high and carried erect. It is docked only long enough to be clearly visible over the backline of the body when the dog is in proper length of coat.” In other words, the tail is to be docked. Tail docking is done at about three days of age, prior to the nerves in the tail generating.
The American Miniature Schnauzer Club recently sent out a letter to all AKC judges of the breed with their opinion of how to deal with a Miniature Schnauzer who may be shown with a natural tail. Their letter stated “a dog shown in conformation with a natural tail should be penalized because an undocked tail is a deviation from the standard.”
What this means is that the judges have been instructed to penalize a dog with an undocked tail. This does not mean you will not be allowed to show your dog, but it does mean it will be much more difficult to win with an undocked dog.
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