It depends what you mean by ‘curled’, but I assume it’s like how certain breed’s (like Huskies, shepherds etc) tails curl like this:
Because that’s not something to worry about. Especially since when they relax their tails, they’re just straight.
The spinal problem I refer to when I talk about Pugs is something called Hemivertebrae, which is a congenital vertebral anomaly. It means there are a collection of malformations of the spinal collumn. And with a few exceptions, on the whole this only happens in Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds where a ’corkscrew’ tail is part of the breed standard. Tails, like this:
This is what the spinal collumn can look like for a Pug (or other corkscrew tailed dog) that suffer from Hemivertebrae:
All Pugs are prone to it, due to the screw-tail, but the only way to be sure is to have an X-ray. Sometimes this twist in the spine surprisingly doesn’t cause many if any problems, however, the twist compresses the delicate nervous system and the compression can be very painful. Dogs can also lose function in their hind limbs and bladder. Dogs with severe sign need surgery, and more often than not, they do not recover and have to be euthanasia.
Other breeds of dogs can get forms of spinal ataxia. Malamute’s for example, however this is due to other breed problems, not screw-tails.
So long as your dog acts happy and healthy, I’m sure they will be fine! If you are worried about anything, you can always see what health problems can occur in their breed/breeds. And seeking advice from a vet is a good idea too.
- Mod C
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WHY WOULD YOU BREED DOGS TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM POTENTIALLY SHIT MAN