EWWWWWW ~ he has a TAILLLLLLLLL
So I didn't read this all because it was getting kind of ugly, my take:
The reason the handler is asking to have the tail docked is so the dog will win. He makes his money on the show plus bonus if the dog takes his class/etc. A dog with what the judges want to see will be put up. Slanted back shepherds, bulldogs who can't mate naturally, etc.
IF she owner/handles then the tail won't be a problem. Without getting into a crazy debate or someone arguing their pet is "free" (really? you feed them, don't let them mate, you confine them but they're as "wild as can be" riiiight) HOW is a judge to judge your dogs tail against the breed standard? If the AKC standard suggests the tail to be docked does the dog naturally have a curly tail? how is it to be groomed? How long? Breeders of goldens or setters breed for a specific tail no more than a specific head, if you simply chop off the tail then nobody worries about tails do they? Or ears, boxers with natural ears are very handsome but you are rolling the dice if you don't crop to get a nice natural set.
We are groomers, how can we sit there and look down at show people when many groomers dye dogs, cut them into completely "unnatural" ways only to have them come back to us matted or unkempt? Do not throw stones in glass houses, if you actually spent time in the show world there are bad people and good people. Some breeds are more catty then others, if your friend wants a natural tail on her dog and is happy spending more time/money on handling fees then god bless. Show people didn't create the AKC standard, and we can't point to Europe when frankly it's a different breed club all together.
last thought: How many of you people spay/neuter (and yes, it is the same, you are still doing an unnessisary surgery taking out sex organs instead of keeping an eye on your pet... all my pets are spayed/neutered btw), your pets, wax your eyebrows or color your hair or worse yet how many of your husbands/sons are circumcised? Its all a personal choice, I don't judge and I need to shut up but I am so tired of show people being put down, if you're not in the world its easy to judge, when you see people spend $15,000 trying to finish a natural eared bitch only for her to be sterile you understand why they do "crazy" things.
repost, I think my spell check is acting funny. :(