Docking, cropping and dewclaws

According to Danish legislation, tail docking, ear cropping and removal of dewclaws with the purpose of changing the dog's appearance are forbidden.

All ear cropped dogs born after 30 June 2009 cannot be shown regardless of the dog's country of birth. Cropped dogs born before 1 July 2009 can only be shown if the dog has been born in a country where ear cropping is permitted. (Danish bred ear cropped dogs born after 1 January 1985 cannot be shown).

It may be possible to procure further information at the show secretariat regarding the state of affairs of ear cropping in other FCI countries. Tail docked dogs born after 1 June 1996 cannot be shown, regardless of the dog's country of birth. The prohibition also includes dogs that have been docked for veterinary reasons, irrespective of whether a veterinary certificate is presented.


The following breeds are excepted from the tail docking prohibition:

  • Brittany spaniel
  • German shorthaired pointer
  • German wirehaired pointer
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner.


If a dog has been born stump-tailed (with a natural bobtail), it must as far as Danish bred dogs are concerned appear on the dog's pedigree certificate.

As far as  foreign-bred dogs are concerned, a veterinary certificate issued in English in the country where the dog has been bred must be presented, certifying that the dog has been born stump-tailed.

For dogs born after 1 October 2004, only the following breeds can have inserted in the pedigree certificate that the dog has been born stump-tailed (with a natural bobtail):

  • Australian shepherd
  • Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
  • Boston terrier
  • Bourbonnais pointing dog
  • Bouvier des flandres
  • Brittany spaniel
  • Croatian sheepdog
  • Danish/Swedish farm dog
  • English bulldog
  • Entlebucher sennenhund
  • French bulldog
  • Gos d'atura catala
  • Jack russell terrier
  • Karelian bear dog
  • King Charles spaniel
  • Miniature American shepherd
  • Mudi
  • Old English sheepdog
  • Perro de agua espanol
  • Polski owczarek nizinny
  • Pyrenean shepherd dog
  • Pyrenean sheepdog (smooth faced)
  • Swedish vallhund (Västgötaspets)
  • Schipperke
  • Terrier Brasileiro
  • Welsh corgi pembroke.

Dogs without tail or with only a part of the tail born after 1 October 2004 of all other breeds than the above are considered missing a part of the body and consequently they cannot be shown (must be disqualified).

Removal of dewclaws

Furthermore, according to Danish legislation removal of dewclaws with the purpose of changing the dog's appearance is forbidden. As legislation regarding docking/other surgical interventions varies from country to country, the judge must not when judging consider whether the dog has in accordance with the breed standard been docked or had its dewclaws removed.

Veterinary rules

The dog must be vaccinated against distemper and parvo. For dogs up to 24 months, the vaccination has to be less than one year old. For older dogs the vaccination must not be more than four years. First time vaccinations must be done at least fourteen days before the show date. A positive titer value, showing protection of the dog against distemper and parvovirus will be equal to the vaccination. 

Foreign dogs must also be vaccinated against rabies according to Danish legislation. 

Documentation for vaccination must be brought to the show. Puppies under the age of 3 months must not be brought to the show. 

The dogs that are shown must be in good mental and physical health condition and not show any signs of illness. Moreover, we refer to the provisions of the show regulations of the DKK. If a dog has caught a defect, which can be certified by a veterinary certificate, the veterinary certificate must be brought to the show. Please use the DKK veterinary certificate. The exhibitor pays for any treatment undertaken by the show veterinarian. The exhibitor must, however, have approved the treatment in advance