Stump Double Cattle Dog

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35-50 lbs
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle

The Stump Double Cattle dog is a rare designer dog, a combination of two cattle dogs that were developed in the Australian outback. While the well-known Australian Cattle Dog and the lesser known Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dogs look and often act very much like one another, they actually developed separately, and have slightly different ancestries. While some Australian Cattle Dogs are born without tails, the genetic mutation that causes this can be lethal to undeveloped fetuses if both parents pass this trait on to the offspring. Unfortunately, the same gene causes taillessness in the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, so this breed is prone to smaller litters than most and may pass this trait down to their offspring. 

Herding Dog
Date of Origin
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and Australian Cattle Dog

Stump Double Cattle Dog Health

Average Size
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 35-50 lbs
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 35-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Ulcerative Dermatosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
  • Genetic Testing
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Stump Double Cattle Dog Breed History

The Stump Double Cattle Dog is a combination of two different variations of cattle dog that were both developed to help cattlemen in the rugged outback of Australia. The more commonly known of the two parent breeds is the Australian Cattle Dog, a tireless and agile worker with a strong will and a robust, bold temperament. The lesser known of the two parent breeds is the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, known until recently as just the Stumpy Tail Cattle dog, a breed nearly unheard of outside of Australia. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a tireless and agile worker with a strong will, a robust, bold temperament, and a noticeable lack of tail. The two breeds are close enough in appearance and in personality that they could easily be mistaken for one another, and frequently are, but when you stand the two side by side there are some notable differences due to the slight differences in breeding preferences between the breeds. The first dogs used for herding in Australia were a type of long-haired herding dog that had been imported from Britain, the Smithfield, an unrecognized dog breed that can still be found in parts of Australia today. Unfortunately, the long coat of fur that is characteristic of the Smithfield is a liability in the hot, dry working conditions that are found throughout much of Australia, so breeders began experimenting with crossing the Smithfield with local Australian dingoes. These dogs were known as Australian Cattle Dogs, and some were born with tails, and others were born with natural bobtails like the Smithfield dogs. A subsection of these cattle dogs with stumpy tails was preferred on certain areas of the continent, and the occasional smooth coated Collie was introduced to the gene pool; these dogs were known as Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs until Queenland’s Kennel Club de-registered all of the Stumpy Tail breeders in the late 1960s. A development breeding program was created in the late 1980s to resurrect the breed under the name of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. This is a rare breed and finding trustworthy breeders of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs or their hybrids may be extremely difficult outside of Australia itself.  

Stump Double Cattle Dog Breed Appearance

The Stump Double Cattle Dog is a compact and well-muscled dog of medium size and while the Australian Cattle Dog parent breed is slightly longer than it is tall, the Stump Double may take after the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and have a slightly shorter back and longer legs. They have a strong head that is somewhat broad and flat, but narrows towards the front, a strong, blunt muzzle with powerful jaws, oval or almond-shaped eyes that are most often dark brown, and small triangular ears that stand up high on the skull. The head of this crossbreed is also likely to be a bit narrower and more finely boned than that of the purebred Australian Cattle dog. Blue eyes, both in pairs and in singles, do show up occasionally but this trait is sometimes connected to higher rates of blindness and deafness and breeding of these dogs is not encouraged.   

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Stump Double Cattle Dog Breed Maintenance

This hybrid requires less of a commitment to grooming than many other dogs, in both time and effort needed. While this dog tends to be very active, they don’t tend to generate a great deal of body odor and bathing is only needed a few times a year. Their moderate year-round shedding is typically controlled with short weekly sessions using a slicker brush or grooming glove, although the number of brushings may need to increase if your dog gets dirty or dusty as well as during the spring months, when shedding naturally increases. Both parent breeds are occasionally prone to developing dental disorders, so regular dental care is particularly important for this crossbreed. 

Brushes for Stump Double Cattle Dog
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Stump Double Cattle Dog Temperament

The Stump Double Cattle Dog will be, first and foremost, a working dog. These dogs have a great deal of energy and mental focus and without an outlet they can frequently become anxious, obsessive, and  destructive. If their considerable activity requirements are met, these dogs can fit in quite well with families that include adults and older children, although they have a tendency to try and herd younger children and toddlers by nipping at their heels and they may test members of the family young and old for dominance as they progress through adolescence. Early socialization and training will also be needed to curb this dog’s natural tendency towards suspiciousness of strangers, and may help moderate their pushy and sometimes dominant behavior towards other canines. Dogs that are raised with other animals may occasionally do well with them, but some of these canines will be unable to resist the urge to chase and nip at smaller animals like cats. 

Stump Double Cattle Dog Activity Requirements

This is an athletic dog that was specifically developed for tenacity and endurance and as such it requires a great deal more exercise than the average canine. While these powerhouses will typically be satisfied with an hour and a half of vigorous activity each day, most would prefer even longer. Fortunately for those who choose to share their lives with a Stump Double Cattle Dog, these animals are quite versatile and enjoy varied activities such as flyball, competitive frisbee, agility training, and, of course, herding work or exercises. This is not a hybrid to coop up in an apartment as they often become destructive and overly vocal in confined settings even with extensive exercise.  

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

Stump Double Cattle Dog Food Consumption

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

Stump Double Cattle Dog Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 38 lbs
18 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 42 lbs

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