A natural bobtail is a
tail which due to a
mutated gene grows to a
shortened length, or is completed 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
in England has reputedly
successfully petitioned the
Kennel Club for
permission to cross corgis
into his lines and then
backcross to Boxers, to introduce the gene into his lines. This would have
been unheard of in decades past.
In Australia, the
prices for a registered
Miniature Fox Terrier bitch carrying the gene have more than tripled.
Animal species with a natural bobtail:
Domesticated breeds with a natural bobtail:
Breeds in which bobtails are known to occur:
Wild species with natural bobtails:
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