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Q: Blue Heelers With No Tails

March 10, 2009 | By Ktldun | 7 answers | Expired: 1949 days ago

Blue Heelers With No Tails

I find this kinda odd and thought I would ask other Heeler owners. I have two heelers, one with a tail and one without. I adopted the one Jill, from my local shelter and aquired Ella, the one without a tail from so people we knew who bought her from someone else(long story). We all assumed Ella, had her tail docked but now I wonder is she may have been naturally tailess. I read somewhere of other heelers who come tailess naturally. I'm puzzled, could it be ????????????

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Mar 12, 2009

I've had my ACD since she was 3 weeks old [we fostered her] and she has a tail. I'm so glad because I love her tail. But I think most ACD's tails get docked.

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Isiskas
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Mar 11, 2009

I think that most true ACD's are born with a tail that is docked early in life. However, I do think that there has been some breeding with the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. This dog looks and acts a lot like the ACD's - so I think it would be easy to get a cross that still looks full blooded. Supposedly there are not many in the US but the Canadian Kennel Club does recognize the breed. So I guess considering that Canada is our neighbor to the North there could be 'ACDs' born tailless.

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Greg W.
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Mar 11, 2009

Most of them are docked.

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Heather B.
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Mar 10, 2009

I have a blue heeler that has a docked tail as well. She may be a mix because although she looks very much like a heeler, she is extremely thin.

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Brad O.
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Mar 10, 2009

We have a lot of healers around here, and it is about a 50/50 mix as to tails, guess it is up to the breeder or the owner if they are young enough when they get them. They work well in either case/

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Barbara B.
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Mar 10, 2009

She could have been born like that. I have heard of bad breeding and in-breeding causing animals to be born without certain parts and etc... My Tinkerbell is missing a toe. Whoever your friends friend got the dog from it could have been a breeder that really didn't care. Or maybe she was just born like that for no reason. I think of it as unique. I wouldn't worry about it. Everyone is born different. God creates us how he wants to create us so I would not look at it as bad.

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Baseballman6973
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Mar 10, 2009

im pretty sure its tail was cut.
thats what they do now a days

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