Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dogs!!!
We used to sell hay to this guy who was breeding stumpies & alot seemed to be born with full tails & what he called rumpies which where 1/2 tailed dogs. Also seemed to be a few deaf pups showing up. He is still using the same male who produced the deaf pups as he says the gene pool is too small to desex him over a couple of deaf pups. I tried to tell him about reccesive genes etc but like a few other old timers he just wont beleive any sceincantific studies.
Is there so few stumpies?
Are they not just a line of bobtailed ACD's left over from the days of using Smithfield bob tailed herding dogs in the development of the ACD?
I can see they have a more brick shaped head, slightly more athletic in build(longer in the leg than most ACDs) & their coats seem not quite as thick & dense as the ACD but you do have to look hard to see the difference really & a non dog breeder may not see the differnce other than a missing tail in some cases.
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