Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog


Brief History
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog predates both the Cattle Dog and Kelpie, and was the original Australian working dog, bred for much the same reasons – a dog with the ability to work cattle in Australia’s harsh conditions. History tells us that they are descended from the “Smithfield”, a natural bob tail breed. Cattlemen often swear that the Stumpy is the best working dog in the world.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 15 years.

With a natural aptitude for working and control of cattle, he is courageous, loyal and devoted to his owner. He may show reserve towards strangers. The Stumpy is ever alert, watchful and obedient, however, socialisation from an early age is recommended.

General Breed Description
The Stumpy is a medium size, and comes in two colours – blue and red. He should be well muscled as would be appropriate for the work he was bred to do.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Stumpy is a low maintenance dog as regards grooming. A weekly brush and comb will keep his short coat in good order, and a bath when necessary. As he is a highly intelligent dog, with high energy levels, daily exercise is highly recommended.

Height: Males 46 to 51cms (18 to 20ins), Females: 43 to 48cms (17 to 19ins).

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Stumpy is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

The breed is not suitable for isolation; he requires stimulation, family, activity and training. Boredom may lead to disruptive and antisocial behaviour. Early socialisation and training is a must for a well-behaved adult. The Stumpy is now unfortunately a relatively rare breed.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard 


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