Illustrated Standard – Tail

CKC Standard – Tail

Tail docked at approximately the second joint; should appear to be the continuation of the spine, without material drop.


Some handlers will push the tail into a more upright position than the standard requires. Judge the correct tail position when the dog is moving or at rest. As stated above, it should be a continuation of the spine, and carried at about 2 o’clock when alert or moving. A tail that is more upright, at 12 o’clock for instance, is usually indicative of a croup that is too flat. The slightly rounded croup is an aid in the Doberman’s ability to pivot and turn in close range, and a flat croup hinders this.