Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a high energy, active and intelligent breed from herding group. The dog is not just a laying-curled dog in the yard but lively that searches for any work to do. They thrive when taken out for work or play. Its herding instinct is strong while strong protective of the flock, family and other property of the owner. They tend to be aggressive when challenged, cautious and wary of strangers and high sensitive to odd smells, sounds besides alert and watchful, thus form perfect guardian and watchdog. Highly independent, possessive and easy to train, this breed is excellent with children of all ages. They are remarkably sociable with other pets including dogs and cats especially when raised together. They need healthy amount of exercise daily, while moderate shedder and demand very less for grooming.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is medium-sized dog with rectangular proportion being longer in length than in height. The build is average yet sturdy, neither too thin nor substantial; the breed possesses great strength, flexibility, sharp maneuverability, good grasp over terrain and can penetrate across the flock during herding. Its gait is sharp, slightly quick with keen and watchful demeanor while good reach and drive. This bobtailed breed has short to medium, straight but harsh coat available in blue, blue and black, speckle and red colors. When aroused against any suspect, their pricked ears erect upward shaping triangles, however in rest the ears would be set down. The overall expression is keen, watchful yet ready for action.
The breed of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog was developed in Australia, bred to herd large cattle, and large herds of livestock. The breed is a result of multiple crosses between European herding dogs with Australian Dingo. Most believed ancestor is Smithfield Cattle Dogs from England brought to Australian during 19th century. The first dog developed from such cross was named Timmin’s Biters. Further, these dogs were crossed with Scottish Smooth Collies to mute dingo characteristics, in a result the dog was easier to handle and produced born tailless in speckled red and blue colors. This breed is said to be from same stock of Australian Cattle Dogs bred in 1830 and were called Halls Heelers. Some of the documented history of this breed is held with FCI. This breed is recognized by ANKC, NKC UKC and other registries as a herding breed of dog.
This breed possesses ideal temperament for a perfect house pet. Sociable, caring, affectionate, playful yet protective domestic dog, the Australian Stumpy Tail Dog is an alert watchdog and excellent guardian of flock besides skilled herder. This dog welcomes to family friends but quite reserved rather suspicious and wary of strangers. Excellent around children of all ages, this is a perfect playmate, cooperative and eager to share house and yard activities enthusiastically. Other dogs and cats can stay together remarkably if all of them are raised together from their puppyhood. They have strong instinct of herding and may tend to nip at heels of people to bring them in some order. They treat other animals at home as the part of their herd. They bond with family so strong that they suffer separation anxiety if isolated from their families for a long time.
This breed is easy to train but require consistent and committed training using polite methods. A strong owner is needed to keep them in natural order of the pack while demonstrating true leadership. Once the dog knows that the human is the alpha dog in a pack, it becomes submissive. While housetraining, introduce the dog with new peoples, pets and places while accompany them to visit nearby societies. While walking always lead the dog by walking ahead of the dog or aside of the dog, do not let the dog to lead. Positive reinforcement and reward based training is found much beneficial in learning process of new things.
This versatile dog is not only a herding or working dog but also excellent in shows, like agility trials, obedience, showmanship, fly ball and tracking. They are energetic and lively dogs thus require healthy amount of exercise daily. They eagerly accompany for long walks, jogs and running besides vigorous play sessions in the yard. A house sharing an opening with yard is the best place for them to exercise both life styles. A tired dog is always the best dog in the house with young kids, if not satisfied; the dog would be too boisterous and will behave destructively with excessive barking, chewing and digging. An average shedder, this breed requires occasional brushing of its coat
Owner Should Know
Although Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is healthy yet prone to some common health issues including hip dysplasia, deafness and eye problems.
This breed must be kept well satisfied by their physical and mental exertion.
They can be accompanied on long walks, jogs and can eagerly share play sessions in yard. If kept unsatisfied, they would be destructive and bored.
The breed needs a very little care and is very easy to groom. Combing or brushing once a week is considered enough. The breed is average shedder.
The breed is curious to strangers, much protective and wary, they form perfect watchdogs.
This Stumpy is not suitable in apartment life for their greater activities. They need any job to do all the time.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or supplier to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.