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10 June 2008
13/2008
Commemorative Issue

Working Dogs

Australia
This issue looks at five very important roles that go toward protecting and supporting the current Australian lifestyle

German Shepherd  

German Shepherd

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It is thought that there are more German Shepherds than any other dog breed in the world, as well as the most successful police dog breed. It descends from a population of working shepherd dogs in north-west Germany. Max von Stephanitz is recognised as founder of the breed, establishing the German Shepherd Dog Association in 1890.

The breed is promoted as loyal, strong, intelligent and sociable, although cautious with strangers. German Shepherds are used extensively by Australian police units for the apprehension of violent offenders, tracking missing persons, locating weapons, explosives and narcotics and responding to antisocial behaviour at demonstrations and riots.

Australian Cattle Dog  

Australian Cattle Dog

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Queensland settler Thomas Smith Hall is generally believed to be the man responsible for the breed of dog known as the Blue Heeler, Australian Heeler and Queensland Cattle Dog. There are no original breeding records in existence for the Australian Cattle Dog which dates back to around 1840

Beagle  

Beagle

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This dog is one of the oldest breeds in existence, dating back to ancient Greece. Well known as a hunting dog for centuries, the Beagle

Border Collie  

Border Collie

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These dogs are thought to be the most popular working sheep dog. Farmers in the border areas of Scotland and England developed the breed around the 17th century. Border Collies were first introduced to Australia in the 19th century.

They are natural herders, rather than drovers, and will practice this skill at every opportunity. They thrive on work, rigorous training sessions and have very high energy levels. Border Collies possess extreme alertness and are considered to be one of the smartest breeds.

Labrador  

Labrador

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Labradors originated in Newfoundland around the 16th century from the Lesser St John

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2008-06-10
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2008-07-08
Denominations: Five x 50c (se-tenant)
Designer: Sally Piskuric, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: TBA
Printer (self-adhesive): Tullis Russell
Paper: B/C 100
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: 50/modules of 25
Special Feature: Design in gutter
National Postmark: Mount Barker, SA 5251
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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