Dog Rarely Wags Her Tail

We have a 5 month old female Multipoo puppy and we have only seen her wag her tail when we were gone all day (one day last week) or if someone new comes over and the wagging only lasted 10 seconds or so. She gets lots of attention from two children, has plenty of toys and someone is home with her most of the day. She has plenty of access to the outdoors as well. Should we have any concerns?


Thank you for any help.

By Mercedes from Orange County, CA

October 27, 20100 found this helpful

As long as she displays happiness in other ways, I wouldn't worry at all about it. I also have a dachshund who rarely wagged his tail as a puppy. But as he's gotten older he wags it more. At 6 years old he still doesn't wag it as much as my other dachsie. But he does show that he's happy in his expressions, the way he plays, his obvious joy to be near us, and in a multitude of other ways. The best time to catch his tail wagging is when he spies a cat or a squirrel outside that he can go bark at! So watch her and see if she's showing her joy in other ways than her tail. She probably is, and is just not so much of a tail wagger.

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June 24, 20120 found this helpful

This is probably too belated to help the original poster, but for anyone else who notices their dog doesn't wag much or at all-

There may be a medical reason that makes wagging painful, possibly an injury at the tail base or a condition called lumbosacral stenosis. Because tail injuries/conditions can be very painful you should consult your veterinarian.

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