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Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

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Is the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog right for you?

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Other name(s): Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog; Stumpy; Stumpy Tail Heeler

The basics:
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.

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