I just aquired a Blue Heeler rescue pup...but she has no tail..just a little black stub..is that typical?
on Aug 20th 2011
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yes alot of people doc Blue heelers tails nothing to worry about.
Lexie answered on 8/20/11. Helpful? / 0
Heelers are working dogs and it is actually difficult to find an undocked puppy in a lot of areas. Unless it is scabbed, oozing or infected there's nothing to worry about.
Dingo answered on 8/20/11. Helpful? / 0
Blue Heelers (Australian Cattle Dogs) use their tails to help them maneuver and for balance when they are working, which is why the breed standard calls for an undocked tail. However, that doesn't stop many people from docking them anyway, sometimes they think it helps the dog stay cleaner or that it prevents a working dog from injuring its tail.
There is such a thing as the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, which is born with a very short tail, but these are much less common. It is a different breed (but related).
It is likely the person who bred the dog just docked the tail when it was a few days old, either because the dog injured its tail or because the breeder wanted to do so.
This site has a lot of interesting information about ACDs:
Zack answered on 8/24/11. Helpful? / 0
Some people do dock ACD's tails (ACD's and ACD stands for Australian Cattle Dog(s). An Australian Cattle Dog is a Blue Heeler, they're both the same breed. A Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is also an Australian Cattle Dog.
Sounds like you have a, "blue heeler Australian Stumpy tail" cattle dog. The tail is natural and the Australian Stumpy Tail are an exceptionally smart dog.
Unless it was going to be a show dog they probably have docked the tail. My ACD was a pick of the litter then had some other problems so his tail was not docked.
Jake answered on 4/5/12. Helpful? / 0