23 December 2003
On the waggin'
From the official breed standard for the Brittany, as published by the American Brittany Club:
Tail: Tailless to approximately four inches, natural or docked. The tail not to be so long as to affect the over-all balance of the dog. Set on high, actually an extension of the spine at about the same level. Any tail substantially more than four inches shall be severely penalized.
Jon Hammer, a New York City lawyer who wasn't getting any show points for his Brittany because her tail was ten inches long, sued the breed club and the American Kennel Club, arguing that docking the tail constituted a form of animal cruelty, barred under New York law.
This week, the state Court of Appeals, by a 6-0 vote, told him to get his tail out of the courtroom.