Have you ever wondered why dogs actually tails? As much as they’re cute when our pooches are wagging their tails, but is it cute, or there is no purpose whatsoever? Read on to find out why our pups actually have tails!
The first theory is something quite obvious, or not if you’re like us. Dogs actually have tails to give them good balance; their tails allow them to turn at high speeds without them toppling over! Throwing their tails in the same direction as their front helps them to stay steady, it’s like a counterweight for dogs. We can also tell that dogs use their tails for balance because if they were to walk on a narrow surface they can swing their tails to tilt their bodies in the way they wish to tilt with; much like the same way a tight rope walker would do. Does this make sense so far? We know that this is very confusing!
For most breeds of dogs the tail is highly visible and serves some kind of signal flag that communicates information of the pooches emotional state. For example they might wag their tail indicating that they’re happy. Though dogs with short tails, such as a French Bulldog or Pug, cannot communicate as well as a dog with a longer tail and have difficulties interacting with other dogs.
As well as the tail is there for balance and communication, it also serves a purpose in something else. Your pooch will also most likely wave their tail around to spread their scent. This enables them to show territory. The scent is more of an odour and acts like a fingerprint for humans but for dogs instead. A dominant dog who holds their tail higher will spread their scent more than a dog who holds their tail lower.
We hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy new Year and we will see you in 2017!
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DID YOU KNOW?
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