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The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is one of the medium sized dog breeds. He is a very agile dog and has the typical contours of a short-haired shepherd.
Keeping an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog takes some patience, time and expertise. Therefore, this dog breed is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
Characteristic of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is his congenital ,,stumpy tail”. This is where the name“Stumpy” comes from,which means “short” in German.
The outer appearance of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is also robust and well proportioned. This allows it to withstand long, strenuous periods of work in all kinds of conditions.
The height at withers in males is 46 – 51cm and in females the height at withers is 43 – 48cm. The top coat in the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is moderately short, straight, dense and of medium coat texture. Its undercoat is short, dense and soft. Around the neck the hair is slightly longer and forms a slight frizz, while the hair on the head, paws and feet is short. For breeding, the coat colors red-speckled and blue are allowed. However, the color ,,blue” originates with the defect gene ,,merle”, which in turn is associated with deafness and other hereditary diseases.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a life expectancy of 12 – 14 years.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a working dog that is alert, courageous and independent. He loves challenges and understands very quickly what his master or mistress wants from him.
Since the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is also a herding dog, he has a natural disposition for driving and herding livestock. He is very loyal, brave, but also affectionate . His independent character can also be interpreted as stubbornness. For this reason, the high intelligence and agility, independent thinking and quick perception can be both an advantage and a challenge in terms of education.
Even though the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is alert, it is not a guard dog. Nevertheless, this dog breed is closely and loyally connected with his human. Towards strangers, however, he is suspicious to shy, which distinguishes him strongly from the Australian Cattle Dog, which meets strangers courageously and open-minded. Furthermore, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is afraid of large gatherings of people and loud noises. Therefore, the dog breed prefers a quiet environment.
Since the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a quiet-loving and noise-sensitive dog, it definitely needs early socialization. You need to slowly get him used to everyday life with lots of people, animals and cars. Only in this way can he face new situations openly and fearlessly.
In addition, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is and always will be a working dog. That is, the dog breed is not suitable if you are looking for a pure companion and family dog, even if he is well behaved quite adaptable.
Well trained, you can keep the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog with other dogs and pets. However, you should avoid kenneling. The dog breed seeks and needs closeness to people.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is also an active dog. This means that it is suitable for almost all activities and you can do a lot with it. Even if you don’t practice dog sports with your four-legged friend, you should still spend a lot of time with him.
The diet of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is unproblematic. Like other dog breeds, he is happy to have a meaty beef bone or fresh meat from time to time. The Australian Stumpy Tail Dog also tolerates feeding with raw meat well.
Since the dog breed belongs to the working dogs, it is also important that you make sure that the food for your four-legged friend is rich in energy. In addition, the food should always be individually adapted to the needs of your pet. That is, a puppy has different needs than a senior dog.
Although the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog can be very demanding and challenging to keep and train, it is very easy to care for.
It is enough to brush your four-legged friend every one or two weeks. Only during shedding should you make sure to brush more often so that dead hair can be removed.
The robust working dog has also been largely spared hereditary diseases.
Only the white born Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog can have congenital sensorineural deafness as well as the eye disease PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). The risk of giving birth to a puppy with an open back, which is common in dogs with stumpy tail, is also well known.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog originally comes from Australia, as the name suggests. There his main task was herding the cattle and sheep herds.
The origin of the breed is not entirely known and there are several versions. One version states that a certain Thomas Simpson Hall crossed Northern English herding dogs, the Smithfields (Bobtails), with Dingoes native to Australia around 1830. It is said that the first Australian driving dog was created under the name of ,,Hall`s Heeler”. Another version says that a drover named Timmins from Bathhurst in New South Wales crossed a Smithfields bitch and a dingo in 1830, The puppies, which had red fur as well as a stubby tail, were named “Timmins Biters”.
Today it is thought that dingoes are unlikely ancestors, however both Smithfields and Bobtails are both herding dogs and they could also account for the congenital stubby tail. So crossbreeding with these breeds is very likely.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has been recognized as a separate breed by the World Federation FCI since 2005. Nevertheless, it is still very rare today.
Keeping an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog takes some patience, time and expertise. Therefore, this dog breed is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. However, if you have experience with dogs, you will enjoy this working dog that is an obedient and loyal partner when properly socialized and trained.