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Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Alert and hard working, the Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog is a more lightly built dog than the Australian Cattle Dog with a more rugged attitude and appearance than the more elegant Kelpie.  It's distinctive stump tail and amenable attitude make it distinctive and a joy to be around while working.  Often suspicious of strangers, this can be addressed with proper socialization early in life.  With a more dramatic outline and attitude, it is among the crowd favorites at most Australian shows.
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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 27-45 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: blue roan/merle or red roan/merle; tan markings or red on a blue dog and blue on a red dog are not allowed Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: ANKC (Australian National Kennel Club)
Overall Appearance: Well proportioned and nearly square, the Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog is a serenade to moderation which leads to its exceptional health and longevity.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: good but can be suspicious when improperly introduced
  with Children: generally good if raised with well behaved children
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high, this dog's intelligence makes them suspicious of the unfamiliar
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates this dog's need to work everyday and desire to be close to the family.
Temperament Notes: Alert, amenable, active, agile and intense.
Training requirement: high
Trainer notes:

If your interest is a dog that will come out with you everyday to tend to the cattle or work with you to be a solid Search and Rescue Team or even to be a very serious competitor in Agility, Flyball or other dogsport...or all at once, this is a dog to consider.  If you think you might want to do some of those things one in awhile, keep looking.  The work ethic of the Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog will leave you in the dust while you are frustrated by their bad behavior brought on by their anxiety and boredom.


Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Australia
Original Function: Herding Cattle of the Australian Range
History: It's early history is shared with the tailed Cattle Dog, but as the ACD grew in popularity the Stumpy Tail did not, which allows the new stumpy tailed fancier to find a dog more true to the original work and intent of the creator Thomas Hall.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes:
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs?
  • How often do you have pups available?
  • How would you describe the ideal STCD?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you screen for in your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How would you describe the ideal STCD home?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What do you consider your primary goal in breeding?
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Breed standard:
Breeder Ethics:
Other: Currently the US cannot claim an organized interest in the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, which is its loss.  While there may be breeders working diligently to produce and offer quality pups, it is difficult to assess without a breed standard, an organized registry and studbook and rescue effort at minimum.  Additionally an organized effort would allow for judging at shows and events to help with the recognition of exceptional examples.  Otherwise, qualities including working ability and type are lost as people breed "pieces of paper".
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