Queensland Heeler Question

I rescued what I think is an Australian Cattle Dog but he has no tail and its obvious that he...


I rescued what I think is an Australian Cattle Dog but he has no tail and its obvious that he never had a tail, no visible docking. He's built a little more like the Stumpy Tail, taller and less jowly than the standard ACD but marked symetrically, he's blue mottled with tan legs, a white streak on forehead, all the markings of an ACD. Were ACD ever bred without tails? He looks nothing like a Shepard so that can't be it. Anyway, the funniest, most loyal, confident dog I've ever been around, just curious about the tail.

    In Queensland Heeler - Asked by Anonymous - 2/13/2012 11:34:09 AM
HI - we are Australian and have a Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, which is now a separate breed from the "tailie" or the ACD. One of the original dogs used to create the ACD was a stumpy tail and for the first 100 years after the ACD breed was created up to half of the litters would come out with or without a tail. During the first half of the last century, the ACDs with tails were selected/preferred until some New South Wales breeders reintroduced the Stumpy Tails around the 1970s. Ours is a red stumpy tail cattle dog; we also have a Blue Heeler (with Tail) and the Stumpy is more serious, a hard worker, absolutely dedicated to her pack (me, my husband and our "tailie",) finer boned than our bluey, but a serious worker who will go until she drops. An unbelievably intelligent dog who is incredibly loyal and loving. Google the Stumpy Tail Australian Cattle Dog and you'll find lots more info. Hope this helps. Jennifer
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/3/2012 8:53:26 AM