Get to know the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
All you need to know about the breed
Passionately loyal and constantly active, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is one-of-a-kind, in more ways than one. Bred for herding, the dog is almost unmatched in their stamina and ability to run and herd for hours on end. A home with space to run is a dream for this breed. Got fields?
And that tail is always the... stumper. They are a naturally bobtailed breed - not an Australian Cattle Dog with a docked tail, as is often thought. The two are totally distinct breeds. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog breed is slightly leaner and reported to be more alert than their cousin as a result of their breeding. After watching the Stumpy (their nickname) run and herd, all day, every day, the word “alert” hardly seems fitting, and hyperactive is more like it.
Mental stimulus is key for this very intelligent breed. It can’t be overstated that the energy level of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is nonstop and that they need a job to do - and are most content to do one to please their owner. The breed makes a great watchdog too, which means they’re slightly hesitant of strangers at first. They do warm up once trust is built.
One of the best ways to work off that endless energy is with obedience and agility training, an easy fix that the breed will take to in a heartbeat.
Given their high energy level, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is best for homes with older children. It’s not that they’re not cuddly, they could just be a bit of a hazard in knocking junior over. Not at all aggressive, the breed shows their affection by being protective. Training your Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog puppy may be quite the task. Stand ready!
2 facts about Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog
This is one breed without a weight problem
Running is the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog’s middle name. The breed is always in motion so will burn calories at a very high rate. It’s OK to free-feed them so they can eat when needed; otherwise, feeding your Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog a high-energy food twice a day works, and a highly nutritious, whole-grain formula is best. There’s no need to use a specific diet with the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog too. Unlike many dogs, they need not transition from puppy food to adult food.
Deafness has been known to occur
Deafness has been known to occuraGood health for the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a given. As breeds go, their physical problems are not at all monumental but they do carry a gene for deafness. The trait is a possibility - not a given - but there is also a simple way to check for it. As a puppy, owners can give the BAER hearing test - or the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response - to rule out any chance of deafness being on the horizon. The test can be administered from the dog’s earliest age, and any early indications should result. Proper screening from your veterinarian can rule out potential problems before they start.
Training will be a thing
The incredibly smart Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a wonder to watch but a dog that definitely needs a firm hand when it comes to their training.
This is a breed who is most satisfied when pleasing their owner, and willing to carry out any task they’re assigned. A reward-based, repetitive program works best to teach the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog when they are young; doing so means many rewarding adult years to come.