The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a breed of cattle dog from Australia, having a striking similarity with the Australian Cattle Dog. Known for their herding skills, these dogs are characterized by its naturally docked tail. They have a medium size body with a thin stature. These medium-sized dogs with a thin body stature are also marked by an elongated head, almond-shaped eyes, triangular ears, long muzzle, broad chest and sleek but sturdy legs.
|Other Names||Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail, Heeler|
|Colors||Red speckled, blue speckled|
|Type||Herding Dog, Working Dog, Cattle Dog, Watch Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Weight||35-50 pounds (full grown male/female)|
|Height (Size)||Medium; 18-20 inches|
|Personality Traits||Brave, loyal, energetic, tensed, affectionate, intelligent, obedient, alert|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes (if socialized)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies at a time|
|Country of Origin||Australia|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, ANKC, CKC, NZKC, UKC
The exact origin of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is not known. However, many dog experts believe that they have developed from the cross between the Australian wild Dingo breed and some unknown breed that was bobtailed. Some people think that the other dog was the Smithfield Herding Dogs of England. This breed had two varieties, with one variety being naturally tailless.
Because of the strange similarity, many people believe that the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are Australian Cattle Dogs with docked tails. However, this is not true. In fact, they are the cousins of the other breed and are an independent breed by themselves.
In the long run, the Stumpies were made to cross further with the Smooth Collies from Scotland to omit the Dingo traits they had in them. Along with their cousins – the Australian Cattle Dogs, the Stumpies would work on farms and herd cattle in many rural countrysides of Australia.
Primarily used to guard cattle, these dogs are very popular as working dogs in Australia because of their ability to toil tirelessly. On January 1, 1996, the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized this breed.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is an obedient, energetic and alert dog. They are sweet with their nearest kith and kin, also having a good rapport with kids and other pets, especially if raised together from childhood. However, keep an eye when they are around non-canine pets.
Their bravery and watchfulness make them a good watchdog as well. Stumpies love to work and help their loved ones. However, they get easily bored, if left alone for too long.
1½ to 2½ cups of fresh dry kibbles, divided into two meals, are recommended for this medium size dog.