ASTCD are always active, intelligent and full of energy. They need to be exercised a great deal at least once a day and will do everything they can to encourage you to do this for them. They are natural herders, and loyal and one-person (or family) dogs who are also wary around strangers. Thus, they excel at being watchdogs. In almost all respects, they are very similar to Australian Cattle Dogs. However, they have shorter tails and longer legs.
History and Health :
- History :
Like the Australian Cattle Dog, the Stumpy Tails were descended from Dingos who were native to Australia. The Stumpy Tails may have had the same set of parents as did the ACD, or they may have been bred with Smithfield Cattle Dogs. Thus, these two breeds are most likely siblings, although they could be cousins or perhaps uncles/nephews to each other. Regardless, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs did not develop until the 1890’s, about 60 years after the introduction of the ACD and about 20 years after the death of the breeder, Thomas Hall. Now, although it is recognized by a few kennel clubs, it is considered to be a rare breed.
- Health :
These dogs are above average in health and generally free from genetic defects, and breeders seem to want to keep it that way. However, a few, relatively rare conditions have been found among the Stumpy Tails: deafness, hip dysplasia, cleft palate, spina bifida, cryptorchidism, PRCD (an inherited blindness), and incorrect or missing teeth.
Temperament & Personality :
- Personality :
The adjectives used to describe them are most often intelligent, loyal, devoted, courageous, alert, and obedient.
- Activity Requirements :
They are extremely active and have a great amount of endurance. Because of this, they may not be suited to apartment life or to life in a big city as they constantly need a large, enclosed area in which to run and play. They may excel in dog agility tests such as flyball, tracking, herding, obedience and showmanship contests.
- Trainability :
They are extremely well-trainable, and are active and loyal when this is done properly. Training is necessary so that they become well-adjusted around children.
- Behavioral Traits :
They are alert, watchful and responsive to their caretakers, and reserved toward strangers. Like all working dogs, they need constant and effective training and socialization throughout their lives. Training must be initiated by a firm and confident leader. Without this, the dogs will not be good around children. They can become bored easily, leading to behavior problems (such as nipping at the heels of those around them) if they are not given proper challenges and stimulation.
Appearance & Grooming :
- Appearance :
Their heads are well balanced with the body. The eyes, ears and muzzle are all of medium size. The body is medium in length, with a tremendously strong neck, muscular chest, and developed ribs. The tail is naturally bobtailed.
- Size and Weight :
Males are 18 to 20 inches (46-51 cm) and females are 17 to 19 (43-48 cm) in height and both males and females are generally 35.27 to 50.71 lbs (16-23 kg).
- Coat & Color :
They have two coats. The outer coat is somewhat short, dense, straight and harsh, while the inner coat is short, soft and also dense. The coat around the neck is longer than that around the head, legs and feet. For show contests, the only acceptable colors are blue and red. Unacceptable colors are tan (especially around the face and legs; apricot; and chocolate or liver colored. All dogs are born white and acquire their colors between two and three weeks of age.
- Grooming :
The fur is short and water resistant so it needs very little grooming. Combing and brushing with a bristle brush, along with bathing when necessary is all that is required. They do tend to shed their coat once or even twice a year.
- Body Type :
They are classified as having a medium sized body.
- If they are trained well then they can very wonderful around children.
- They generally are not good around cats.
- They may be better around other dogs, although not by much.
- They are very easy to train, and excel afterwards.
- They are average in terms of shedding.
- They are one of the best watchdogs available.
- Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are considered to be one of the most intelligent dogs.
- They are very easy to groom.
- They are relatively rare, yet they are still popular (most likely, in Australia).
- They are adaptable, but they may not be suited to apartments or small homes with little yards.
- Although they have a great, water-resistant coat, they are not hypoallergenic.
Tasty Tidbits :
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are appropriate and ideal for farmers and ranchers, people who love the outdoors, families with older children, and active singles.
The things that cannot be repeated enough are that they require a great deal of physical, as well as mental activity, they have an incredible and seemingly endless amount of stamina, and that they require training so that they can become even better.
A good, specialized diet for them would include fresh meat (especially chicken), dry dog food, vegetables, rice or pasta, and a constant supply of fresh and clean water.
Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog :
Information and Facts of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog :
- This dog’s name is Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
- It is also named Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail and Heeler
- Their predecessors were from New South Wales, Australia
- They are part of the Medium Sized breed of dogs
- The Stumpy Tail’s breed group are Herding Dogs and Working Dogs
- These dogs usually live for 12 to 14 years
- Males are 18 to 20 inches (46-51 cm) and females are 17 to 19 (43-48 cm) in height
- Both males and females are generally 35.27 to 50.71 lbs (16-23 kg)
- They are red speckled or blue speckled, and sometimes blue and black
- Historically, puppies are offered for $500-600
- They are very active and need just a moderate amount of sleep.
- These dogs are siblings, or perhaps nephews to the Australian Cattle Dog.