Saturday, 12 January 2008

>>Natural bobtail

Natural bobtail

A natural bobtail is a tail which due to a mutated gene grows to a shortened length or is completely cut off at the base of the spine. The term also refers to animals carrying the gene for a naturally short tail or animals that naturally have no tail. The genes for the shortened tail may be dominant or recessive depending on the species.

Due to anti-tail docking legislation, natural bobtails are growing in importance in the hobby of dog fancy for some traditionally docked breeds. For example, one Boxer breeder and geneticist in England has successfully petitioned the Kennel Club for permission to cross Corgis into his lines and then backcross to Boxers, introducing the gene into his lines. This would have been unheard of in decades past. A number of these bobtail Boxers have been successfully exported to various countries around the world.

In Australia, the price for a registered purebred Miniature Fox Terrier bitch carrying the gene has more than tripled.

Animals with a natural bobtail

Domesticated breeds with a natural bobtail

Breeds in which bobtails are known to occur

Wild species with natural bobtails

1 comment:

CBB said...

Here is the result of a study we made about short tail gene in the braque du Bourbonnais: