By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 18th October 2022

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

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.

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Quick Description

Other NamesStumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail, Heeler
CoatShort, rough
ColorsRed speckled, blue speckled
TypeHerding Dog, Working Dog, Cattle Dog, Watch Dog
Group (of Breed)Purebred
Lifespan10-13 years
Weight35-50 pounds (full grown male/female)
Height (Size)Medium; 18-20 inches
Personality TraitsBrave, loyal, energetic, tensed, affectionate, intelligent, obedient, alert
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with PetsYes (if socialized)
Good for New/First-time OwnersNo
Litter Size4-6 puppies at a time
Country of OriginAustralia
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationFCI, ANKC, CKC, NZKC, UKC
Breed Standards

Video: Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Playing

History & Development

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.

Temperament and Behavior

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.



Like other working dogs, the Stumpies need a right amount of exercise. Go for a long jogging and a walking session daily for at least an hour, which is necessary to satisfy their herding dog instincts. They need an open space, like an enclosed yard, where they can play freely. Keep the leash away when it is playing.


They have a short coat which needs bi-weekly grooming. Use a medium hard bristle brush or comb to keep its hair clean from dirt.

Health Problems

This dog is prone to a few issues including eye problems, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, Collie eye abnormality, cataracts, and deafness. Medical appointment with your vet for annual checkups is recommended.


  • Like most other working dogs, this breed also needs early socialization. Take it out to such places where they can get accustomed to seeing new human faces, like malls (where dogs are allowed), town side, parks, neighbors’ and friends’ places, and so on. Since they are mostly reserved around strangers, visiting new places would teach them to stay calm when they see new people visiting their house.
  • Chasing other smaller animals is natural for this dog. Do not scold or shout at the Stumpies when they do so. Instead, begin the training from an early age. Teach them to accept the leash and obey you, as you teach them the basic commands. Give them a treat or two for being an obedient student.
  • They love to run and play, and has exceptional skills in flyball, frisbees, fetching and other interactive games. Participate in such games, along with your kids, right from the time they are young puppies. They are hard-working, and can even be trained to do small family works like fetching your glasses or the newspaper.


1½ to 2½ cups of fresh dry kibbles, divided into two meals, are recommended for this medium size dog.

One response to “Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog”

  1. renee says:

    is all pups born with no tail, reason asking i havve one, and he has a tail

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