A social media video of a “natural” Doberman has gone viral online.
It’s fairly common for Dobermans to have their ears surgically cropped or their tails docked for purely cosmetic reasons, but the practice is controversial.
The viral TikTok video shows Dante, a chocolate brown doberman with uncropped ears and an intact tail, and users complimented his natural looks in the more than 10,000 comments below the post.
However, some sources claim that surgical procedures are beneficial for dogs in the long run.
“The Doberman’s tail is particularly [thin] and susceptible to breaking or painful injury from daily wear and use,” PRIMA Dobermans, an American Kennel Club registered Doberman breeder, writes on his website.
He goes on to say that docking can prevent serious injury or damage to a Doberman’s tail.
The British Veterinary Association argues otherwise, writing on its website that unless the procedure was performed by a veterinarian for legitimate medical reasons, tail docking or ear cropping should never occur. .
“Puppies suffer unnecessary pain from tail docking and are deprived of a vital form of canine expression later in life. Research published in Vet Record found that around 500 dogs would need to be docked to avoid a single tail injury.” the organization writes online.
“We continue to call for a complete ban on tail docking of puppies for non-therapeutic reasons across the UK,” he adds.
What are the comments saying?
Since being shared on the social media platform by @SukiAndDante on April 21, the TikTok post has been liked over 600,000 times. Thousands of users left messages of support for Dante and his natural looks in the comments section below the post.
“This is the most beautiful Doberman I have ever seen,” wrote one user.
“Yay! Nature gave them longer ears and a tail for a reason,” added another user.
A third commented: “That’s so much cuter Omg! Why do people mutilate them?”
Newsweek reached out to @SukiAndDante for comment via Instagram.
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