How About A Wagging Dog Tail

Long Tail

Once there was a family that bought a Boston Terrier with a long tail. They were curious and wanted to know more about it. Here are the results of their search. Thanks to Donnie Gardner and his Bella for his long dedicated information site about BT’s.

Different Types of Dog Tails

Are you a fan of the Boston terrier breed? If so, then you’re well aware of their unique tails! From bobbed to corkscrew to straight and even gay tails, it’s clear that Boston terriers have a variety of tail shapes. But why is this? Let’s take a look at the different types of tails and what they mean for your pup.

1. Bobbed Tails – The most common type of tail seen in a Boston terrier is the bobbed tail. This type of tail has little to no fur on it and tapers off toward the end. While these types may not be as aesthetically pleasing as other breeds’ longer fluffier tails, they still serve an important purpose in terms of tail wagging communication between dog and owner! 

2. Curled or Corkscrew Tails – Some Boston terriers are born with long, coiled tails that can extend up to two feet long when uncurled! These types are often called ‘corkscrew’ or ‘curled’ tails due to their uniquely curled shape. While many people find these kinds of tails cute and charming, there are certain drawbacks associated with them — namely the fact that pictures of dogs with these curly tails can be harder to capture accurately on camera due to their shape!

Crooked Tail
Crooked Tail

3. Crooked Tail – Not every pup has a perfectly symmetrical tail — some Boston terriers are born with crooked ones! These slightly bent tails may not prove aesthetically pleasing but they still provide plenty of entertainment (and amusement) for owners and guests alike! 

Long Tail
Long Tail

4. Straight Tail – A less commonly seen trait among Boston terriers is having straight tails — which tend towards being ‘carrot like’ rather than tapered or curved off at the end like some other breeds’ tails might be shaped. This type does allow for better communication via wagging though it might not always look as aesthetically pleasing as one would hope for in a pup’s profile picture!

5. Gay Tail – Rounding out the five types we have the rarest form of all—the gay tail! We’ve all seen those unique looking eyes that go along with this variety, however this isn’t just another name given by owners trying to give their pet pooch more personality—this unusual curve happens when two distinct curvatures come together from either side(top & bottom)to form one curvy midsection resembling somewhat of an “S” shape along its entirety—giving it an almost rainbow like quality when viewed from certain angles or lighting conditions!.

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Upsides and Drawbacks of Dog Tail Types

  1. Bobbed Tails: 
    1. Pros include: Unobtrusive nature; easier to groom; won’t create messes around the house!
    2. Cons: You may not get as much visual communication from your dog during tail-wagging 
  2. Curled or Corkscrew tail:
    1. Pros: Uniquely attractive characteristic; easy to groom; adds personality and charm to pup’s appearance.
    2. Cons: Can make capturing photos more difficult; hard to keep clean because of its length.
  3. Crooked Tail: 
    1. Pros: Adds unique character to pup’s appearance; funny antics tend to ensue when spotted out in public; offers pet owners something interesting/unique about their pup’s appearance!
    2. Cons: Visually unappealing; unable to communicate as effectively through wagging as pups with straighter tails do.
  4. Straight Tail:
    1. Pros: Easier visibility when wagging as an attempt at communication between pet parent/owner & pup; often times looks more aesthetically pleasing than crooked/bent tails might appear in photos/public settings. Can also prevent calcification of the hips.
    2. Cons: May lack uniqueness compared to other breeds’tails since yours tends towards looking ‘normal’ (in comparison).
  1. Gay Tail:
    1. Pros: Exudes uniqueness and charm no other breed could replicate; great conversation starter for any room you enter where people haven’t ever seen such a thing before!
    2. Cons: As lovely as this trait may be, it sometimes makes capturing accurate photos much more difficult due its odd patterning caused by how two separate curvatures merge together into one long S-shape upon completion.; often times bathing & grooming considerations need extra special attention paid due its unique structure only found within some rare few specimens belonging solely within this breed group alone
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Dog Tails Health Related Issues

It’s actually been widely observed that dogs with longer tails have a much lower risk of developing hip dysplasia. This is because when a pup wags its tail, the muscles in their hips and hind legs are activated which then improves blood circulation. The increased circulation helps to keep the hips healthy, flexible, and strong. Additionally, there has been evidence to suggest that pups with long tails tend to exhibit better overall balance and coordination as they grow older as well. All this being said, it’s important to note that having a shorter tail does not necessarily mean your pup will develop hip dysplasia but it is definitely worth considering these facts if you’re deciding between a breed with either type of tail!

Short Tails are Good Too

It’s important to note that having a short tail isn’t necessarily associated with any existing health problems. That being said, there are some potential issues to consider when it comes to shorter tails. For one, short tails may be more susceptible to injury due to the lack of muscle and padding. Additionally, since these tails provide less insulation against cold weather, they can put your pup at risk of hypothermia in extreme climates. Finally, as previously mentioned, dogs with shorter tails may have trouble wagging and communicating through their most trusted form of expression. All things considered though, for the most part having a short tail is perfectly normal and healthy!


So in this short but infomative ” Dog Tail” the family was very happy to learn about the pros and cons of different types of dog tails. They hope that you too, have found what you were looking for as well. We love our Ivar with his long tail especially because of its tip, it looks like a light at the tip of an antenna. the Vet reassured us about the pros of the long tail. I want to emphasize on taking care of your dog’s tail because first, as you have read, a lot of the purpose is for his own personality but second but non the least, they can cause a bit of health or sanitary issues. 

No matter whether you have one of these gorgeous pups with a natural tail,bobbed tail or crooked one, there’s no doubt that their sweet demeanor and loveable expression will instantly capture your heart! So take out your camera and snap some amazing photos featuring your own Boston Terrier pup’s unique dog tail!

P.S. We’re getting a second one soon but haven’t decided on his tail yet lol

Thanks for reading me and as usual, do not hesitate to comment!


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