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
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
The Development of the Halls Heeler
Rock painting of a dingo and an ancestral figure from the Laura region in Queensland, Science Magazine 4 April 2016.
The Dingo arrived in Australia several thousand years ago with early seafarers and became an accepted part of the aboriginal communities who already occupied Australia. Continue reading
Settling in at Dartbrook 1826.
The opening of the Pitt Town – Bulga road, the Putty Road, in 1823 was timely for George Hall. He applied for lands in the Hunter Valley for himself and four of his sons, the first application having been made in April 1825. Continue reading
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