Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog; Stumpy; Stumpy Tail Heeler
According to the Australian Cattle Dog & Kelpie Club of Qld, "The Australian Cattle Dog and his cousin, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, share common origins in the Halls Heeler, a distinct working-dog breed developed in the 1830s." Original breeder Thomas Hall actually developed two separate strains of the so-called Halls Heeler. For decades, most other breeders focused on the stamina and working ability of the Australian Cattle Dog, while paying little attention to the tailless lines. As a result, the Stumpy came close to dying out before Australian breeders in the late 1980s launched a redevelopment scheme to save the breed.
Like its relatives, the Stumpy is a good cattle herder in the dry terrain of Australia-- a job that demands physical toughness, high energy, and the intelligence to make good decisions to keep the cattle where they need to be. This is a choice for the active, involved owner with lots of territory. This dog enjoys hiking with you in the great outdoors, not sitting at home in a small apartment helping you watch TV. If you let the Stumpy get bored, expect it to find a way to create its own excitement.
Appearance / health:
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a medium-sized dog with a well-proportionate body and a naturally bobbed tail. It has a medium-sized, tapering muzzle and a strong neck of medium length. The eyes are oval shaped and not too large. The breed’s forelegs are straight from the front and hind legs are broad, strong, muscular, and straight. The ears are triangular standing erect, and the feet are round with small toes.
The breed sheds once or twice a year. The coat needs little care. An occasional combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush should keep the coat in good condition. Bathing should done only when necessary.
Stumpies require moderate to high amounts of exercise every day to stay fit. Farm dogs usually get their exercise from the work they perform. Daily walks, agility, games, etc. are suitable for this breed.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a healthy breed. However, some dogs may be prone to inherited conditions such as spina bifida, a type of spinal cord malformation.
Behavior / temperament:
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog likes to work and can control cattle very well. It is attentive to its owner’s commands but also seeks attention and does not like to be isolated. Being a herding dog, it tends to herd people and therefore, sometimes nips at people's heels.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are very intelligent but easily get bored, sometimes resulting in serious behavior problems. Therefore, firm, consistent training using positive reinforcement methods is required. Obedience training is necessary for this breed.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog loves to bark and can be very noisy. Therefore, it should be trained to bark and make noise only when required.
• Another life saved with proper reading of rescued dog’s temperament
Received a call from a local shelter that they had a dog in peril, she had been relinquished and within days gave birth to three pups two weeks prior and had become very agitated, aggressive and was in danger of euthanasia. I visited her at the shelter where she lunged at the kennel gate snapping and snarling confirming she wasn’t a happy girl. By her body posture and language of lunging then returning to stand over a blanket full of her pups, it only took moments to properly read that she was merely being a protective mother. I quickly told the officers that I would indeed take her and the pups to our rescue.
I distracted her while the kennel manager retrieved her pups from the other gate as she snapped at my boot under the fencing. Though her language was that of complete guarding, teeth bared and a low growl, she allowed me to place a lead on her and guide her out to follow her puppies and into a prepared crate.
I spoke to her in a calm, quiet voice during the entire drive to the rescue and felt a turn in her overall demeanor. When we arrived at the rescue, she readily followed me and the smaller crate of her pups into a suite we had prepared for her. Quiet, secluded, gates covered with dark blankets. She was actually docile during this. As soon as I set down the pup carrier and opened the door to it, she returned to mom mode and turned, hackles raised, front teeth bared. I knew she was serious and slowly backed away. She followed and bit my boots and pant leg as I exited then returned to her brood.
This told me that the whole of her aggression was motherly protection and that I should offer her slow, steady, consistent caring every time I was near her to reboot her overwhelming fear and to show her no harm. I knew that she was a softer soul than the surface revealed and that I must wait for her to come to me, never force anything on her.
Over the course of the next days and into the following week I backed into her suite to show I was no threat. For a few days she still lunged and bit my boots and pant leg but I continued to bring her food, water and crouched with my back turned. Consistency and repetition. Within a couple days, she stopped growling, another and she dropped her tension and actually remained lying as I entered. That day I was allowed to pick up her pups. And when one of them passed away from unknown causes, I held it and her as she cried, allowing her to grieve. Within a day the picture I added to this review is of her, on her own volition, slowly crawling to me and curling up in my lap.
With consistent love, the showing of trust and reading her temperament properly, she became a loving, playful dog and was adopted. Tear inducing success..
From LeadDog Feb 19 2014 8:19PM
Good topical therapy
I use shampoos either by themselves or combined with oral medications to treat bacterial and yeast skin infections in my patients. Can be used long-term, and especially helpful in patients who do not tolerate the oral medications well. There are many of these shampoos available. My favorites contain Chlorhexidine & Ketoconazole, and I typically have the owner bathe the dog 2-3 times a week..
From Angela Dwyer DVM 312 days ago
Positive Reinforcement is great for obedience training. I've used it to teach my dogs a wide range of skills, including the basics of Sit/Stay, Come, and Down.
As a professional trainer, I used positive reinforcement in all of my private and group classes for basic obedience. It's very effective and doesn't risk damaging your dog or his trust, as punishment sometimes does. Highly reccomended!.
From TricksForTreats 275 days ago
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