Registries and their standards as pertains to the natural bobtail
(American Research Foundation - first registering body of the Catahoula) recognizes both the longtail and the bobtail Catahoula, stating in their standard that “A natural bobtail is not uncommon, and is recognized as part of this unique breed."
(American Catahoula Assoc.) recognizes the natural bobtail Catahoula, stating in their standard that - “The tail should have a medium to high set. Natural bob-tails occur occasionally and this trait shall not be penalized."
( Lousiana Catahoula Cur Assoc.) est. 1976, also recognizes the bobtail dogs. Their standard reads - “Natural bob-tails occur on occasion in the breed and should not be penalized” and “TAIL: Natural length, if that is full length or any other length that is natural.”
(Catahoula Cur Breeders Assoc.) recognizes a natural bobtail.
(United Kennel Club) -
When the UKC started their “Cur & Feist” program in 1995 they adopted the NALC standard for the Catahoula, including listing the natural bobtail as a “serious fault”. In 2000 the trait was changed to a “fault”. The UKC has recently revised their Catahoula standard effective Jan, 1, 2008 - the bobtail will no longer be faulted.
The new standard will read -
· The tail is a natural extension of the topline. It is thicker at the base, and tapers to the tip. Natural bob tails are permitted, but not preferred. The natural bob tail, regardless of length, will taper in width from base to tip. A full length tail may be carried upright with the tip curving forward when the dog is moving or alert. When the dog is relaxed, the tail hangs naturally, reaching to the hock joint. Catahoulas should be allowed to carry their tails naturally when being shown. Exhibitors should not hold tails upright.
Faults: Ring tail; docked tail.
Disqualification: Complete absence of a tail (no external coccygeal vertebrae evident.)
(National Stock Dog Registry) Bobtail, docked tail, or long tail accepted.
When the NALC - (National Association of the Louisiana Catahoula) was established in 1977, the specifics of the standard did not fault a natural bobtail. However, in 1984 a vote was held on this matter. Any Catahoula breeders certified with them at this time were eligible to vote. It was decided that the bobtail would now be considered a fault. In 1995 the NALC standard was revised to state that the bobtail was a “serious fault”; there was no vote on this change.
Being that the NALC has grown to become the largest and most widely spread Catahoula registry, the bobtail Catahoulas have greatly declined in numbers. At Cat’s Cradle Catahoulas we are dedicated to the preservation of the bobtail Catahoula. Their history traces back to the beginning of the Catahoula breed and to lose this would be to loss a part of the breed itself.