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    Half an Inch! that will be 12.5 cm?
    Half an inch is 12.5 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard N View Post
    Half an inch is 12.5 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyRetrievers View Post
    Friends, we had this litter of 10 pups back on the 3rd - and so far everyone seems to be doing great. They've all opened their eyes, and are all crawing around except for the fat one who can't seem to support his own weight yet. But yesterday I noticed something unnerving.

    Yesterday we were checking on the pups, and looking each of them over, and noticed that one little female seems to have a crook in the tip end of her tail. She seems totally healthy otherwise, but has basically a right angle bend in her tail, about a half inch from the tip end. I touched at it, and it didn't seem to hurt her. It seems to bend straight down. She's able to crawl around like her brothers and sisters, and has her eyes open, and nurses normally, too.

    I've never heard of this (of course, this is the first litter we've ever had) before. Any advice? I can't imagine how I missed this in the past. The vet must have missed it when he did their dewclaws several days ago, too.
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    If it's real bad, you could dock the tail. I had one I did that to years ago. She did fine.

    Goofy stuff happens with tails sometimes.

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    Likely genetic, not broken...
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    It is a genetic recessive. If I can find the reference I will post it. I had one in my last litter. You can't even tell now unless you know it's there and feel for it. Don't worry about it.

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    I have a 6 mo old Chessie pup I took to a trainer three weeks ago. The pup has had the same crook in her tail. Half inch from the end pointing up though. I saw it when I picked her out and did not care the least cause she has the traits I was looking for. When I went to see her today she was happy to see me but after a short greet she ran to the side of the enclosure and started furiously digging to get under the fence to get to the dummy just outside. The trainer said she will retrieve anything he can throw. He reached over the fence and picked up the dummy and the pup locked on it and would not take her attention off of it until he put it away. He said several time to can't teach that. I say all this to express that a small crook in the tail is insignificant. Judge the pup or dog on its whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suepuff View Post
    It is a genetic recessive. If I can find the reference I will post it. I had one in my last litter. You can't even tell now unless you know it's there and feel for it. Don't worry about it.

    Sue Puff
    I doubt that there is only one kind of "crook in the tail" (as I've seen what appear to be different morphologies in goofy tails), tho this one could be what Sue says.

    I agree with her conclusion: Don't worry about it. (Or have the vet dock 12.5 mm not cm.)

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    She seems to be totally fine otherwise, but given that this could be an inherited trait, and that it may be associated with other traits - I think I'm going to let her go to a good home for a bargain price. I've got 10 dogs anyways, just want to make sure they all get into the right hands. I'm sure she'll be a fine gun dog. Their half sister was making waves at the Am yesterday!!!
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    I wouldn't worry about it that much. I know a guy with a really finely bred lab female whose tail is so crooked it looks like a pug. Now that is a crooked tail. I would've called her donut. I think he named her diva.
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