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tail length

Post by Hawthorne » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:49 pm

Ok. Silly question:

When discussing the breed standard with my mentor we were talking about my dog's faults. I said that Freyja and Raven's tails are too long. She asked why? I said because their tail goes beyond the hock joint. And she asked me what is the reason for that length being too long?

I have no idea...

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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Re: tail length

Post by Katlin » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:07 pm

Hawthorne wrote: Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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I dunno, Wylie's tail is massive and long, about 4 inches past his hocks...My roomate asked me the same thing when he saw our lab's (sam) tail next to his. Sam's doesn't even hit his hock.
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Re: tail length

Post by Valravn » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:13 pm

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Other than because that's how long wolf tails are? Uh… :? :? :?

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Post by TerriHolt » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:36 pm

Y'know, i'd never looked at that before... Sam's tail bone ends at his hock joint but the fur takes it about 2 inch past that.

Never known why tho, i thought it was a wolf appearance thing....
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Post by AZDehlin » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:20 pm

TerriHolt wrote:Y'know, i'd never looked at that before... Sam's tail bone ends at his hock joint but the fur takes it about 2 inch past that.

Never known why tho, i thought it was a wolf appearance thing....
This is how Zephyrs and Noques are the tail clearly ends at the hock the fur goes on a little further... I also think this was put in the standard cause wolves tails are about this length... not so much function or reason besides looks.

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Re: tail length

Post by Booma » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:49 pm

Baltos tail is the same.
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Re: tail length

Post by Ryphen » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:37 pm

I can envision the tail performing three main functions: thermoregulation, equilibrium, and communication. Obviously the tail isn't as plush as that of, say, a fox, but it can still be used to help keep the face and feet warm during the winter when sleeping. When moving at speed, the tail is used like a counterbalance to maintain equilibrium, especially when turning suddenly. The communication function should be self-explanatory. Whether a slightly shorter or longer tail is going to majorly impact any of these things, I don't know. Unless your Tamaskan spends the entire winter outside or needs to hunt its own food, I'd imagine not. Now, if the goal is make Tams look like wolves, I'd imagine their tail length is going to settle around whatever wolf tail length is, purely for aesthetic reasons.

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Re: tail length

Post by Hawthorne » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:33 pm

Ryphen, you are absolutely right! Length of tail as well as length of neck and size of head are counterbalances. So...if we want massive ground coverage do we want a longer tail or not? No clue. Just thinking out loud.

But has anyone really checked to see if that's really where a wolf's tail stops? :lol:
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Re: tail length

Post by Rahne » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:46 pm

I like the tail of my boy Winter:

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It's not very long, doesn't go below his hocks. Konah her tail is longer and sickle shaped.

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Re: tail length

Post by Tatzel » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:16 pm

I agree, Winter's tail is pretty wolfy in all regards!
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Re: tail length

Post by Sylvaen » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:45 am

Yes, it is a good length. The tail should reach to near the hocks; neither too short nor too long...
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Re: tail length

Post by TerriHolt » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:33 am

Winter has a lovely tail :D
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Re: tail length

Post by Sylvaen » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:44 am

Tail length in wolves (around hock height):

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SOURCE: http://www.runningwiththewolves.org/Anatomy.htm
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