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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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