Loki has a question for Earl Grey.
Sometimes actions can speak louder than words.
(This may or may not be a controversial opinion, but I'm personally against the practice of cropping and docking for purely aesthetic reasons.)
(Featured Fuzzles: Popcorn, Earl Grey, Loki)
I know, right? Especially the bad habit some seem to have of doing it themselves? YUCK. (I'm all for medical reasons for these and any other kind of body alteration... but NOT for "looks only".)
It definitely can be. Especially if not done by a professional (aka a vet). Exceptions would be for if the snipping needs to be done for a medical and/or safety reason. (I've known a couple people that needed to get their dogs' tails docked because they broke them repeatedly through various accidents - including over-eager wagging, believe it or not.) But it should always be done by a vet.