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Old 01-05-2013, 08:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm from uk/manchester I have a boxer from Ireland with a docked tail nothing is on the papers about his tail. I think it's fine to bring them in just illegal to have it done over here! Wish u luck with the move!


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We were stationed at RAF Mildenhall from 96-99. That is maybe 10 minutes from Lakenheath. I have never head of not being able to take your animal as far as the docked tail goes. I had a few friends over there that had brought dogs with docked tails. I know when we went over, the big thing was showing proof of a rabies vaccination & your other shots. I wish you the best of luck. We loved it over there. Take all advantages of being overseas.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Even though your vet didn't perform the procedure, perhaps he/she would be willing to provide a letter stating that Gibby's tail was docked in the U.S.

The vet could also make a notation about the tail being docked in Gibby's medical file.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:51 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If it is anything like Australia proof that you purchased her in in the states would be enough that her tail was legally docked. In Aus if you dog is under 6 years (becuase that is when the laws came in) and has a docked tail you just need proof that it was purchased from Western Australia, somewhere overseas, is a "working dog", or has had an injury to it's tail. In Aus it is easy for the RSPCA to trace down because all dogs must be sold with a microchip and they can get info from vets and migration based on that number.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't live in UK anymore but I am from England. We got a boxer when we lived there and moved to the USA with her (where she lives now). That was a few years back- i'd say 2003 and her tail is docked. Like other have said there are lots of boxers with docked tails. I know that rabies is a big deal over there though. Also, I know airlines are a lot more strict now and many do not take boxers at all.. or some only in winter months. Best of luck!
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:37 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I has been about 3yrs since it has been illegal to dock dogs unless it is for working reasons, but it is the "docker" and not the dog which would have the problem.

The only young boxer I have seen without tail came from Ireland, where it is still legal to do it.

I love Nico's tail but when he hits the radiator or cupboards I do see why it is done, fortunately, though not for them, the only dogs I know who have damaged themselves have been great danes

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:34 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There's no problem with bringing in a dog with a docked tail - it's only illegal to dock it here in the uk. As long as the dog was born outside of the uk then there isn't a problem. A dog born after 6th April 2007 cannot be shown in the uk if it has a docked tail though. I hope you have a great stay here in England and wish you well for the future


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Old 01-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone!

As to airlines willing to bring Gibby over, we are exploring options that include companies that specialize in relocating pets overseas. We are prepared to accept the idea that if we have to fly out in the hotter months, Gibby might have to spend a little time with family until it is safe for him to fly.
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