Why Do Bulldogs and Pugs Have Corkscrew Tails?May 04, 2023
Dogs have been man's best friend for centuries, and many of us don't even realize why they look the way they do - particularly when it comes to their tails. Corkscrew tails are an interesting phenomenon in some breeds, with English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs all harboring these distinctively curved appendages. In this blog post, we'll take a look at why these dogs have corkscrew tails and how best to care for them!
Why do certain breeds have a corkscrew tail?
The specific origins of this peculiar trait remain somewhat mysterious, but experts believe that it is likely the result of selective breeding practices used by humans over the years. The most common theory is that breeders sought out pups with shorter or corkscrew-shaped tails in order to make these breeds look more attractive. Ultimately, this created a physical trait that has been passed down through generations.
What breeds have this kind of tail?
English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs are the three most common breeds that have corkscrew tails. Other dog may also possess this trait to some degree, but these three stand out as having particularly curved tails.
Is a corkscrew tail the same as a tail pocket?
Nope! The tail pocket is a small indentation- or pocket – located just under the dog’s tail and created by a fold of wrinkly skin. Sometimes, it can be on the top of the tail, or around the tail depending on the dog. Most often, they resemble a dimple on the dog’s butt until you take a closer look.
How should I care for my pup's tail?
Since a corkscrew tail is a genetic trait, there isn't much that can be done in terms of prevention or treatment. However, pet parents should pay special attention to their pup's tails when it comes to grooming, bathing, and other activities.
Despite their unique appearance, corkscrew tails are relatively easy to care for - however, there are some important considerations that should be taken into account. Since the tail is usually tightly curled and doesn't have much flexibility, it can sometimes lead to sores or skin irritations if not properly groomed. Regular grooming and cleaning of the tail will help keep it healthy and free from any potential issues.
One great option is to use Squishface Wrinkle Wipes on a regular basis. Use the wipe to clean in and around the area until all dirt and grime are removed. Make sure you’re gentle when cleaning this area because a dog’s tail can become irritated and sensitive. It’s likely your pup will wriggle around a bit while you’re cleaning the area, so be cautious.
After cleaning it well, make sure to dry the space. Moisture can easily be trapped in the pocket and cause infection, so you want to make sure it’s dry. If your dog has been experiencing an irritated, moist tail pocket then follow up with some Squishface Wrinkle Paste to the area as well. Squishface Wrinkle Paste forms a water-resistant barrier that will keep moisture, fungus & bacteria from gathering. Squishface Wrinkle Paste, in particular, is made with hypoallergenic plant-based ingredients so your dog's sensitive skin won’t be irritated.
The Bottom Line
Corkscrew tails are a fascinating trait in English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs that is likely the result of selective breeding practices used by humans over the years. While relatively easy to care for, owners should take special care to groom their corkscrew-tailed pup regularly and exercise them with caution to avoid potential injuries or irritations. With proper care, these beloved canine companions can live as long and happy lives as any other pup around!
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