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Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

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Front view - A gray, black and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is standing on a dirt path looking forward and its mouth is slightly open. The dog has perk ears and a round forehead.

Pea the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog at 2 years old from South Australia—"Pea is quite wild. I don't like strict obedience training I think it smothers the dogs character. He is trained to walk on a lead and was socialised as a puppy. These picture were taken during a play session with his favourite ball. Although he is a working breed he is happy in an urban environment provided he gets daily walks and play time. Pea loves to chase birds and cats which fortunately he rarely manages to catch."

Other Names

Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Stumpy

Stumpy Tail

Heeler

Description

The head of the Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is balanced with the body. The eyes are medium sized and oval shaped. The ears are broad at the base, set wide apart on the head and of medium size. The muzzle is medium and tapered to a point. The nose is black and self-colored according to coat. The bite is scissor or level. It has a medium length and extremely strong neck and a deep and muscular chest with well-sprung ribs. The body has a level back that slopes at the rump. Forelegs should be perfectly straight when viewed from the front. Hind legs are broad, strong, muscular and straight from the hocks to the feet when viewed from the back. The feet are round with short toes. It has a natural bobtail. Its coat is medium-short, straight, dense and harsh. Colors include red speckled with darker red markings on the head or blue speckled with black markings on the head.

Temperament

Energetic, watchful, free-spirited, obedient and alert. Brave and trustworthy, the Stumpy Tail is suspicious of strangers, but very loyal to its own family. It possesses a great working ability to control cattle. It loves to work and is very attentive to its owners’ commands. It is an intelligent cattle dog that can become easily bored, leading to serious behavior problems. It is not the type to sit around the house or be tied up in the backyard all day doing nothing. It needs a  firm, confident, consistent pack leader, who will give it rules to follow and limits as to what it is and is not allowed to do. This highly intelligent working dog needs to be part of the action and will thrive if you give it a job to do. Some tend to nip at people's heels in an attempt to herd them. Will be good with kids if you make him clearly see humans are his pack leader. If you do not make this clear, the dog may not be good with kids they were not raised with or do not know very well. Very good in the obedience ring and in herding and agility. Firm training and discipline from the start and lot of daily attention will produce a fine and happy pet.

Height, Weight

Height: 17 - 20 inches (44 - 51 cm)
Weight: 35 - 50 pounds (16 - 23 kg)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

Not recommended for apartment life and does best with at least a large yard. Does best with a job to do.

Exercise

These animals have incredible stamina and will enjoy all the activity you can give them. Exercise is of paramount importance—without enough they can become bored and destructive. They need to be taken on long daily walks.

Life Expectancy

About 10 to 13 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 6 puppies

Grooming

The shorthaired, weather-resistant coat needs little care and is very easy to groom. Just comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. This breed tends to shed its coat once or twice per year (depending on sex status and region).

Origin

The Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog originated from Australia. It is a descendent of the Dingo, which was crossed with a long dense-coated, black and white bob-tailed dog (Smithfield). In 1988 the breed was recognized by the Australian National Kennel Club.

Group

Herding

Recognition

ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

Commonly Asked Question

What's the difference between the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and the Australian Cattle Dog?

  1. The Stumpy's body is rather square, while the Australian Cattle Dog's body is a bit longer than it is high.
  2. The Stumpy's ears are wider apart, and set higher on the head than the ACD's.
  3. Stumpies should not have any tan patches.
Side view - A gray, black and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog standing on a wooden deck outside. It is looking forward, its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling. It has large perk ears and a big black nose.

Shasta the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog—Even at 10 years old, she still can’t wait for someone to throw the Frisbee!

The right side of a gray, black and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is standing across a concrete surface, its head is tilted forward, but it is looking to the right. It has a wide forehead and perk ears.

Frijoles the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog—Owned by SilverPark Kennel

The front left side of a gray, black and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog that is looking to the left, its mouth is open and its tongue is sticking out.

rijoles the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog—Owned by SilverPark Kennel

Top down view of a white with gray and black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy that is sitting on a snowy surface, it is covered in snow and it is looking up. It has wide set perk ears.

SilverPark's Kennel Burnum shown here as a puppy. Owned by Kim Matthews, Baltimore, MD. Burnum is Frijoles’s son.

Close up - A white with gray and black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy is sitting outside in grass, it is looking forward and its head is slightly tilted to the left. Its nose adn eyes are black.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy SilverPark Bella Lugosi, Owned by SilverPark Kennel

Right Profile - A white with gray and black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy is standing across a dirt surface and There is a chainlink fence behind it. The dog has a bob tail.

Burnum, a 6-month-old Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy, photo courtesy of SilverPark's Kennel, owned by Kim Matthews, Baltimore, Maryland

A white with gray and black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy is sitting at the top of a staircase outside on the deck of a trailer. It is looking down and to the left. Its ears are wide set.

Burnum the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy at 9 months old, bred by SilverPark Kennel and owned by Kim Matthews, Baltimore, MD

The left side of a wet white with gray and black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy that is splashing around in a tub of water outside. There is a man sitting behind it.

Burnum the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog taking a cool dip in the fish pond that hasn’t been installed yet and finds daddy useful for this!!!

The right side of a black with gray and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is standing outside in dirt, it is looking to the left, its mouth is open, its tongue is out and it is looking up. Its ears are slightly pinned back.

Pea the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog at 2 years old from South Australia

The left side of a black with gray and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is standing on a dirt path, it is looking forward and its front left paw is in the air.

Pea the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog at 2 years old from South Australia

The front left side of a black with gray and white Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is standing on a dirt path and it is looking to the right. Its mouth is open and its tongue is sticking out.

Pea the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog at 2 years old from South Australia