Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle

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35-51 lbs
17-19"
Australia
Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail, Heeler

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a distinctive dog because of his lack of tail. His tail is naturally short and is never docked. He has an amazing natural ability to herd cattle, keeping careful control of the herd as he moves them from place to place. He is a very loyal, courageous, rugged dog that is suspicious of strangers coming near his home or his herd. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is closely related to the Australian Cattle Dog but the Stumpy has a lighter build and longer legs. Early socialization and training will ensure you have a competent, hard working companion to work your cattle. 

Purpose
Herding
Date of Origin
1900s
Ancestry
Dingo, Smithfield, Collie

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Health

Average Size
Male Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 35-51 lbs
Female Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 35-51 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • BAER Testing
  • Yearly Eye Exam
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Breed History

The Dingo is thought to have arrived in Australia via Chinese ships. These dogs are thought to have been domesticated wolves and were more than willing to follow their masters to sea. The aboriginals of Australia saw great value in these wolf-like dogs and used them for hunting. Eventually, the breed was given the name Dingo. The British arrived in Australia in 1788 to establish a penal colony near Botany Bay that would eventually be named Sydney. Sheep and cattle were also brought into Australia and various herding dogs were also brought. One breed that was brought into the country was the Smithfield, an English herding dog that was large, well-muscled and bobtailed. The Smithfield was eventually bred to the Dingo to create a dog that was able to handle the vast, rough terrain of Australia’s outback. These cross-bred dogs were then bred to blue merle Collies. This mix became the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Most sheep herders in Australia were not totally enamored with the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and he was never a very popular breed. His disposition was more suited to working larger livestock. The breed sharply dwindled in the mid-1980s. There were a few very dedicated lovers of the breed who worked together to create a new breeding program. The number of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs in Australia has rebounded somewhat but he is still not a very popular breed. Outside of Australia, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is virtually unknown. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog was officially recognized by the Australian National Kennel Club in 1988. The United Kennel Club, despite his rarity, recognized him in 1996.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Breed Appearance

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a slightly rangy appearance with longer legs than his cousin, the Australian Cattle Dog. He has a light build making it easier for him to turn quickly and keep his herd tightly bunched when needed. His chest is well muscled and he has a strong neck. He has oval shaped eyes that are medium in size and are dark brown. He should have an intelligent and alert expression. His ears are set wide on his head and are medium size, being broader at their base and tapering to a point at the end. A self-colored nose is acceptable, but a black nose is preferred. He has a naturally short tail, or a bobtail. His tail should never be docked. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a straight coat that is dense and harsh. His topcoat is medium-short and dense while is undercoat is shorter, dense and soft. He can be found in two coat colors: red or blue. The red coat does not have any hint of blue in their coat. He can be red speckle or red mottle all over his body and there can be red markings on his head. The blue coat cannot have any hint of red in their coat. Blue speckle or blue mottled can be over the entire body and black markings can be present on the body or head. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle nose
Blue
black Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle coat
Blue
red Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Breed Maintenance

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a weather resistant coat that requires little maintenance to keep it well conditioned. Grooming him weekly with a metal comb and bristle brush or a slicker brush will remove any dead or loose hairs. He is a seasonal shedder and when he is shedding heavily, plan to groom him more often, probably once a day until all the undercoat has come out. He will shed heavily twice a year depending on climate. When shedding, his hair should fall out in clumps similar to that of a Collie. Your Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog will probably only need to be bathed twice a year when he is shedding. This helps loosen the undercoat and hasten the shedding process. Over-bathing can cause skin irritation or changes to his coat texture. Clean his ears weekly and check for any irritation or redness that might mean a slight infection is brewing. His nails should need clipped every few weeks to keep them neat and short. 

Brushes for Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Temperament

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is an extremely energetic and alert herding dog. When he is properly trained, he is an obedient dog and an excellent herder. He loves to work and when he does not have a job to occupy his time, he will become destructive and difficult to live with and behavioral problems will occur. He does need an owner with a natural leadership ability to make training easier. Consistent training will ensure he understands his role within the family unit. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog should never be kept in an apartment or condo. He is too active of a dog to be shut into a small space. He is naturally suspicious of strangers and does need to be socialized from an early age. Be prepared to spend time each day taking your Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog for walks or playing games in the backyard. Participating in dog sports may also be a great way to bond and keep give him plenty of exercise. 

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Activity Requirements

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a very active dog and does require a lot of room to run. He is not ideal for an apartment setting or a small yard. He needs a lot of room to run and play. He also needs a fenced yard if he is not in charge of a herd of livestock or he will be running at large through the neighborhood. Since he has such a strong herding instinct, if he is not being used to work cattle or other livestock, he may become extremely unhappy and destructive. He would excel in herding trials as a way to give him plenty of exercise and bond with his owner.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Female Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Male Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Male Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 43 lbs
Female Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 43 lbs

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