Right now, we are going to talk about seven different dog breeds that don’t have a tail. We are not going to be covering breeds of dogs like the Rottweiler, which has a docked tail, only dogs born without a tail. Docking is the process of removing the dog’s tail. Traditionally, docking was used to increase the agility of a dog but today it’s mostly for aesthetics. Many dogs started with tails but lost them through the process of selective breeding instead of docking, a process still going on today.
Keep reading to learn all about the seven currently recognized breeds of dogs that don’t have tails.
1. Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is also known as the Heeler. It is a close relative of the Queensland Heeler, which has a tail. Both dogs were bred in Australia to herd cattle sometime in the 1830s. This tailless dog has normal proportions and pointy ears. The coat is dense and short and is speckled red or blue.
Heelers are alert and responsive to their owner while remaining reserved around strangers. These dogs need early socialization with people and a high level of activity throughout their lives. They are known as obedient dogs that love frisbee, tracking, and herding.
2. Boston Terrier
Nicknamed the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is a small dog with pointy, erect ears. The Boston terrier is one of the few American dog breeds and is the first American non-sporting dog. These dogs can weigh up to 25 pounds, and their black and white coat resembles a tuxedo.
Boston Terriers are energetic, friendly, and easily trained. They are protective of their owners, and their coat requires very little maintenance. If trained early, these dogs won’t bark much, and they are friendly toward children and other animals. Their demeanor makes then well suited for apartments and as therapy dogs.
3. Braque du Bourbonnais
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a breed of bird dogs, also known as gun dogs. This breed is a pointer type of bird dog that goes back to the Renaissance. Braque du Bourbonnais dogs have been on the verge of extinction for most of the last 100 years, and the line that exists now began in the 1970s. Numbers are now starting to get healthy for this breed.
Braque du Bourbonnais has a round head with floppy ears. They will have either a liver coat, which is white with black spots or a peach coat, which is a solid tan orange color. They have a good temper but are bred for hunting and have a lot of energy. These dogs gallop everywhere they go and will point with authority.
4. Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel is another bird dog like the Braque du Bourbonnais. This dog has Spanial in the name, but it acts more like a pointer dog and can point, retrieve, and flush all birds and even ground animals up to the size of a rabbit, and because of this, since 1982, the Brittany is no longer called a spaniel.
This dog gets its name from Brittany, France. It’s a medium-sized dog with floppy ears, and the coat is usually orange and white or liver and white. These are friendly natured dogs that are easy to train. They are great companions, but they are very energetic and need plenty of vigorous daily exercise.
5. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is also called the British Bulldog, or Bulldog is a muscular, medium-sized dog that has been around almost 500 years. Originally this dog was taller and had a meaner disposition than it has now. The English Bulldog is a blood-sport breed initially created to grab and hold the snout of a bull to the ground. As time passed, bulldogs ceased working in sport and became a show dog and a pet. The show-dog and pet version is shorter, has a bigger head, and a friendlier disposition.
English bulldogs weigh around 50 pounds, and they have a short sleek coat. They have a sizeable head with thick folds of skin around the face that hang down. They have pointy teeth and an upturned jaw. They have a passive and dignified demeanor and develop strong bonds with children. They don’t need tons of exercise, but they are prone to respiratory issues due to their tiny nasal passages.
6. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is a small dog that is a combination of the English bulldog and a French terrier. The French bulldog is bred to be a companion with no use in sport. It is a muscular dog with a loose, wrinkly coat. They require constant companionship and often suffer from separation anxiety. They do not require much exercise and are considered the clowns of the dog world. They are patient, affectionate, and rarely bark.
The French bulldog is prone to several health problems due to its small size. Their backs are compressed, which can lead to pain. Tiny sinus cavities and a single coat make it very hard for this breed to regulate body temperature. Allergies cause them to get frequent hay fever and can also lead to eczema on the skin.
7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a dwarf cattle herding dog from Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of the smallest herd dogs in the world and long favored by British royalty. The Pembrook Welsh Corgi has erect ears and a fox type head. They often weigh about 25 pounds.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi sheds extensively and has several health problems as a result of their dwarfism, including hip and eye problems. They are also prone to obesity. Corgis are obedient animals known for their intelligence. They have plenty of energy and are fantastic companions.
There are a few other breeds of dogs that, like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, naturally have tails, but selective breeding eliminates the tail, so docking is not required. These dogs include the Brazilian Terrier, the Croatian Sheepdog, and the Miniature Schnauzer. In the future, we may see these dogs listed as breeds that don’t have a tail, as well.
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