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    I Literally Just Learned That Corgis Have Their Tails Docked When They're Puppies, And It's A Lot To Take In

    Corgis: adorable with or without tails.

    We all know corgis, right? The sweet little doggos with absolute nubbins for legs?

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    And I'm sure we're all aware of corgi butts, which are accentuated by their cute little nubbin tails, yes?

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    Well, the other day I was out in the wild when I saw a corgi puppy, and I made a comment to my friend about how much I love their tiny tails. And my friend responded, "You know their tails aren't naturally like that, right?" And I was like:

    Giant Bomb

    So I did a little digging and apparently, natural corgi tails do not actually look like this:

    Short, stubby corgi tail
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    THEY LOOK LIKE THIS!!!

    Corgi running through a field with a long, fluffy tail curled upward
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    What the WHAT?!

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    SO LONG.

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    SO FLOOFY.

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    SO MAJESTIC!!!

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    Needless to say, my mind was completely blown.

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    Apparently, according to the American Kennel Association, Pembroke Welsh corgi tails are generally docked (aka cut) "as short as possible without being indented" in order to meet the breed's aesthetic standard.

    Corgi puppy without it's tail docked
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    It's generally done shortly after the puppies are born, when they're between 1–5 days old. There's debate about whether this procedure causes pain, but according to the American Veterinary Association, it does.

    Corgi puppy with its tail docked
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    Meanwhile, Cardigan Welsh corgis generally keep their longer tails!

    Cardigan Welsh Corgi with a long, fluffy tail trotting through a field
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    Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of docking as a practice, and think that corgis are just as cute with their natural tails as they are without, but whatever floats your boat!

    A docked corgi tail with the text "cute" and a full non-docked corgi tail with the text "also cute"
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    So if you were like me before reading this post, just out there in the world thinking corgis didn't really have tails...

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    And if you already know this and are like, "Duh, this has been public information the entire time," you still got to gaze at some quality corgi tails. So, also...

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    Are you as surprised as I was about this?! What are your thoughts on Corgi tails? Let me know in the comments below!

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