ABOUT “A DOG CALLED BLUE”

During the 1980s I allowed my irritation with the versions of Australian Cattle Dog history in current circulation to get the better of me. A case of shut up about it or sort it put. I took the second route. Continue reading

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FORM AND FUNCTION 2: THE MOUTH.

During the 1990s, Dr Helen Hewson-Fruend [www.acdb.au.com/biography.html] wrote a series of articles on form and function in the dog. I posted PART 1: THE BASIC DOG in an earlier blog. Here is Part 2. Continue reading

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HALLS HEELER STORY: 4

The Dispersal of the Halls Heeler

In 1836, George Hall, then aged seventy-two, made a new Will. In the climate of the times, it was just. George sought to reward his sons, William, John, Thomas Simpson, Matthew, Henry and Ebenezer, for the dedication and support they had given him in the name of expansion. Continue reading

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The Australian Cattle Dog – not just a head!

Kath Williamson

A great deal of emphasis is placed on the head of the Australian Cattle Dog. However it must be stressed that a dog with an average head and body is a better dog than the dog whose head is structurally correct but whose body is poorly inadequate. Naturally, this is also true of a dog with a poor head and sound body. Continue reading

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AUSTRALIAN STUMPY TAIL CATTLE DOG

Abbreviations
ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council
ASTCD: Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
ACD: Australian Cattle Dog
CCCQ: Canine Control Council (Queensland)
KAQ: Kennel Association (Queensland)
STCD: Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

The present day “pure bred Stumpy” is a modern construct, produced under the guidelines set down in the ANKC Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Redevelopment Scheme, inaugurated in 1988. I emphasise; the ASTCD is a modern construct. Put it another way. The ASTCD was, from 1988, a breed in the process of development from selected exemplars in the Cattle Dog population, many of them unregistered stock dogs on rural properties. Continue reading

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