PLAIN AND SIMPLE
Longtail Stumpies :
Colour Faults :
Kennels - Views & Breeding Practices
do not have anything available when people query
available litters, we will happily refer these
queries on to Breeders who do health testing.
If a prospective puppy owner queries about another
specific kennel and I am unaware of their practices,
the buyer is advised to do their homework on
diseases affecting the breed, and to make their own
not officially offer puppies to prospective owners
until a litter is BAER tested, and only then will
that person be offered a puppy with full hearing.
If a person is after a sound, health, happy puppy as
a lifelong companion for the next 10-15 years, then
the wait will have been worth it.
prcd-PRA (known as PRA)
is a form of night blindness. It is incurable. It
can have early or late onset. Would you like to
own a blind dog?
tested for PRA can be either:
Breeders who test for PRA can offer Stumpies
who are clear of this disease. They will
willingly show you paperwork confirming this fact.
Carrier of this disease is exactly that, a
Carrier. The animal will never go blind, but
carries the disease. If you are after a pet,
working dog, or just a mate, a dog that is a carrier
of PRA will certainly fulfill your needs - it will
never go blind from PRA.
However, if that same animal/Carrier is bred to
another Carrier, (ie. the best mate’s cattle dog
from down the road; another Stumpy whose PRA status
is ‘unknown’) the resulting puppies will either be
carriers of PRA or Affected (meaning it will
ultimately go blind).
of the above facts will not help the Breeder of
any litter when the farmer down the road is in
contact, having had to shoot his best working
dog because it was going blind, or when a concerned
Mum rings saying "My child’s best mate isn’t
and simple, some Breeders test for PRA, some do not.
Vet guarantees mean jack if there is no genetic
testing behind the animal. There are no ANKC Rules in place governing
health/genetic testing for the Stumpy breed, and it
boils down to a Breeder's conscience, personal
more so…. money.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs do
have longtail puppies in their litters.
Numbers can vary. The biggest
percentage of Stumpy litters do include
at least one longtail puppy.
Docking is banned in Australia.
Some Breeders choose to keep the longtails and sell them or give them
away as pets. It is somewhat
mind-blowing to note some
newspaper/internet advertisers state the
price of their longtails to that
equivalent of a stumpy puppy from some registered Breeders.
Deafness is in the Stumpy breed.
This is also incurable. Research
is ongoing to try and determine the
'deafness' gene. Deaf dogs can
produce puppies with full hearing.
Dogs with full hearing can produce deaf
A Breeder should be able to tell if a
puppy is deaf at 3 - 4 weeks of age.
If a puppy has uni-lateral hearing
(hearing in one ear only), this is a bit
harder to pick up/confirm. BAER
testing is the only way to confirm full
hearing or otherwise, in a dog.
Blue stumpies should not have tan on
them (like the Australian Cattle Dog).
They are not allowed to be registered on
the Main Register.
Red stumpies should not be a pale cream
colour, and their noses should be black.
'Brown' stumpies - this is also an
unacceptable colour under the Breed
Standard, and this colour was introduced
through the Redevelopment Scheme for the
'Colour Genotyping' allows Breeders the
ability to know what stumpy breeding
stock possess what 'colour genes'.
This is useful when planning matings,
and trying to eliminate colour faults
within a breeding program.
There are two (2) Registers available to
Registered Breeders under which they
register their puppies.
The Main Register - an animal has
to be on the Main Register for it
to be able to be shown, and for any
subsequent progeny registered from it.
If breeding a registered litter
of dogs, the Breeder of any such litter
must be a current financial
member of their States Canine
Controlling Body (eg. Canine Control
Council Qld. etc), and must hold a
current Breeder's Prefix (kennel name)
before the date of mating of any litter.
The Limited Register - You can do
anything with your dog, ie. compete in
Obedience, Agility etc, but the animal
cannot be shown, nor be used in a
registered breeding program/progeny registered from
it. In Queensland, an owner of a
Limited Register animal must sign a
Consent acknowledging these
The Limited Register exists for breeders
Longtail Stumpies are able to be registered on the
can now be certified by Veterinarians that they were
born a 'Natural Bob Tail' and this notation is
placed on the puppy's Certificate of Registration
Profiling can also be undertaken to confirm that the
dog carries the 'Natural Bob Tail' gene.
Of interest to note when breeding Stumpies, some puppies
can be born with Spina Bifida, or have
no anus. Anasarca ('walrus')
puppies have also been reported by
Breeders in some lines - resulting caesarians because
of anasarca puppies is something that
Breeders should be aware of.
Polycystic Kidney Disease
was disclosed in a Main Register Stumpy
in 2007. Please ask Breeders if they are even aware of the
implications or even the discovery of
this extremely serious disease, at the
very least, before proceeding further
with your queries.