dock1

dock1

1. the amputation of a tail. Commonly performed in dogs, usually in accordance with breed standards that strictly define length, particularly in the spaniel and terrier breeds. Also occasionally done in some draft and harness horses. In both species, the practice is now being viewed as unnecessary and discouraged by many authorities. A universal procedure in lambs, carried out by farmers.
2. the solid part of a horse's tail.
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