During the 1990s, Dr Helen Hewson-Fruend wrote a series of articles on form and function in the dog. They were first published in the Pedigree Pal Digest and later reprinted in the Canine Journal. Helen’s analysis of form and function has stood the test of time. Little has changed except that much more is known about canine domestication now, 2019, than was known in the 1990s. These advances in knowledge do not affect Helen’s analyses. Neither form nor function have changed. Here is the first of Helen’s articles; others to follow. Continue reading

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The story as best we can understand it is largely speculative. It is based on recollections passed through generations as family and other informal history, tied into a few documented events and dates. The colonial gentry sometimes kept journals and preserved letters and other documents for posterity; the Halls weren’t and didn’t. Some Hall papers are held by the Mitchell Library in Sydney. A few documents are treasured by Hall descendants. Some material is understood to have been purposely destroyed, to hide it from prying eyes. Continue reading

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Australian Cattle Dogs are white

ACD s and ASTCDs are white dogs (except for any patches). Pups are white at birth.

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Australia’s Cattle Dogs: a short history

Today (2018) there are two distinct Australian cattle dog breeds recognised by kennel clubs: the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Both originate from a single breed, the Hall’s Heeler, developed by Thomas Simpson Hall (1808-1870) at Dartbrook station, in the Upper Hunter valley of New South Wales.  Read More

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Dalmatian Myth

During the first half of the twentieth century Robert Kaleski was the great authority on the Australian Cattle Dog breed and, as time went by, questioning his authority amounted to heresy. Kaleski, however, developed a breed mythology (ADCB p.22-26, 139-140). The Dalmatian myth has proven particularly resistant. Setting aside the various discussions in ADBC, visual evidence questions the Dalmatian ancestor. Read More

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