The Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, also known as the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, is a naturally tailless breed of dog that developed in Australia. While the dog’s name and look are very similar to the Australian Cattle Dog, the two breeds developed independently of one another, although many experts believe that they had common ancestors, and they have similar instinctual herding drives and strong work ethics. This breed of dog is quite rare; in part, because gene expression that causes them to be born without a tail can be fatal if received from both parents, causing this breed of dog to have litters of fewer surviving pups than average.
Initially developed as an outlet for the intense drives of herding dogs in Germany who had no access to any sort of livestock, treibball is a newly emerging dog sport in which dogs herd large, inflated balls to a specific goal or spot. Handlers are allowed to communicate with their canine companions using both voice commands and hand gestures, but they are not allowed to move out of the handler’s area once the event has begun. This activity is an effective workout for your Stumpy Tail’s mind and body that can also help to improve the bond as well as the communication between you and your dog.
Studies have shown that many herding dogs are able to recognize the faces of specific sheep and, on their handler’s command, are often able to identify a specific sheep and cut it out of the herd. This ability to quickly identify a particular individual animal can also be used to help your dog learn to associate certain words with specific objects, and then to retrieve that object when you ask for it. This game was a component of the method used when instructing the Border Collie, Chaser, a dog with an extensive vocabulary that includes the names of at least 1,022 separate objects.
Many pet parents spend time every day either picking up their pet’s toys or stepping over them, but with this breed’s intelligence, it’s fairly easy to train them to pick up their own toys and put them away.
Owning your own flock of sheep is no longer
needed in order to allow your dog to experience the joys of herding actual livestock.
There are several different establishments across the country that allow you to
use their livestock and even teach you how it is done