Why do Brittany breeders dock the tail and remove the dewclaws?
The tail is docked because it protects against cuts/scrapes/punctures from briars and thorny vegetation. Tails have been known to freeze/suffer painful frostbite and even break off in severe cold. I have seen, many times, long tailed dogs with 1/3 of the tail bloody/raw from wagging it in and near thorny vegetation. So from a hunting standpoint, docking is practical. Why put your dog through this?