Like the inclination to point, high tails could not be purged from the breed, and they, too, can be developed as a trait without disturbing the ability to retrieve. High tails make dogs easier to see in cover, but mostly they allow us to better read dogs' minds. Hanging tails provide little clue to intensity; straight-up tails say, "I got 'em." If a naturally high-tailed dog lowers his tail, he's signaling uncertainty. If the tip drops lower than the balance of the tail, he's convinced things aren't as he hoped.