So I saw the other thread and instead of further distracting from the intended purpose of that thread (showing cute cuddly pics of our dogs) I figured I'd start a new thread.
This topic can be a touchy one and can easily get heated and out of hand so please keep things civil. We are all adults and have our own ideas and if we disagree about those ideas it doesn't make us anything other than different.
For me, tail docking or dew claw removal is a preference depending on what your dog will be doing. If you're getting a puppy and this is the breed that calls for this, I see no problems with it. And yes, even if it's cosmetic. The caveat to that stance is only if the procedures are done when as a young young pup and not when you adopt them and they're 6 years old.
Of course there are situations where there is a medical need and of course that's warranted, but the premise I'm speaking of in this thread is strictly as an elective procedure.
I see it as no different than having your human baby boy circumcised personally. If done at the right time and correctly, there is little to no harm.