I have recently had a far from Damascene conversion but I thought I would pop it up for an ARRSE review. I now think that the habitual docking of dogs, for show/KC type purposes is WRONG. I am fed up with the way perfectly good working dog breeds are being ruined by breeders for showing purposes, where the traits and physique being bred in are as much use to a dog handler as a chocolate tea-pot. I almost punched some toffee-nosed KC type who was lounging around my local pub on Friday. He had two pleasant enough Springers with him, both docked and as it turned out neither working dogs but "show dogs". He then patronised my springer/labrador cross and was quite rude about such misbreeding. I explained that he was on a short path to a slap in the chops, that my dog was twice the gun dog of any pure bred I've owned in the past and that he should in fact wind his fcuking neck in. Ironically my dog will be having a digit removed from his tail, as the wound in the tail end refuses to heal. It does him no pain but it is open to infection and when he wags it - well think Friday the 13th or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So I'm very firmly against docking except when injuries or risks of injury can be satisfactorily proven to the relevant authorities. The KC can go and roger themselves. They are arguably no longer protecting breeds/breed standards and are flying in a very tight circle preparatory to disappearing into inner darkness.