To dock or not to dock is one question that breeders and owners still debate about all over the world. And with the wealth of pros and cons on each side, it is easily understood why you might be having a difficult time deciding.
The answer is that it depends. You need to consider several factors when making this huge decision as there is no going back after you do it. First off, consider the age of your Yorkie.
Also, do factor in other things like local breeding and grooming regulations and the reasons why you want to have the procedure done if you are seriously considering it.
If it is a local requirement to have the tail of your Yorkie docked, then absolutely go for it. When done right, it is a relatively risk-free and cruelty-free procedure that both you and your dog will benefit from. Just make sure to get the timing right to avoid any complications.
However, if you are raising your Yorkie in a place where docking is strictly prohibited then it is best to avoid it. The last thing you want is to get in trouble for trying to give your best bud a fresh new look.
You should probably also avoid it if you are dealing with an older and sickly Yorkie. They do not recover as fast and they can feel pain pretty intensely. You will definitely need anesthesia, which will add up to the cost of the operation.
Moreover, they are going to be aware of their missing tail, and they may start to throw tantrums and bark at you, and no amount of your Yorkie’s favorite treats may ever heal this scar. You wouldn’t want that.