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Origin / History The Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a descendant of the Dingo. The origins of this breed of dog can be traced back to Australia. The Dingo has been crossed with Smithfield, which is a bob-tailed black and white, dense coated dog. The Australian National Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1988.

This breed is similar to the Australian Cattle Dog in the sense that both were developed for the purpose of herding cattle. These dogs are ideal for herding and controlling cattle in both confined and wide spaces. They work well even in harsh conditions.

Appearance They possess stout, compact bodies that are well-proportioned and muscular. Their ribs are well-sprung and their forelegs are straight. They sport medium-sized eyes that are oval in shape. They have ears that remain broad at their base but are medium-sized and set wide apart on their heads. They have tapering muzzles and black noses. Dogs of this breed have natural bobtails. They have round feet with short toes. Their coats are medium-short in length, harsh, dense, and straight.

Colours The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog can be red-speckled and sport markings on the head that are a darker shade of red. Red-Speckled Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs can also sport some red patches on their body. These dogs can also be wholly blue or blue-mottled and they may also have black markings on their heads. There are also instances wherein this breed of dog can come in colors of apricot or chocolate, but these are non-standard colors.

Temperament Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are obedient, free-spirited, brave, energetic, watchful, and alert. They can be suspicious of strangers but they show loyalty to their families. They are good in controlling cattle and they may sometimes nip at people's heels in an attempt to herd them. Dogs of this breed love working and they pay attention to the commands of their masters. They are prone to getting bored easily and when they get bored, this can bode for serious problems with regard to their behavior. These dogs are good with kids that they have been raised with. They may not be as good with kids whom they are not familiar with.

Height and Weight They should be 44 - 51 cm in height and 16 - 23 Kg in weight.

Common Health Problems There are many health problems that can afflict this breed and among these are Mid Line Defects. There are dogs that are born with exposed or open spines or spina bifida. They can also have anal atresia, which means that they were born without an anus. There are also pups that have cleft palates, or holes in the roofs of their mouths. They can also be afflicted with deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (which can lead to partial or complete blindness), and hip dysplasia.

Living Conditions Those who intend to own Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs should be aware that these dogs are not supposed to be kept inside apartments. Dogs of this breed would do well in at least a large yard. They should be given something to do so that they would not become bored and problematic.

Exercise Requirements These dogs can become destructive if not given enough activity. Thus, owners should make certain that their Stumpy Tails get adequate exercise. These dogs appreciate and enjoy playtime. They should also be taken out on their long walks on a daily basis.

Training Requirements Dogs of this breed are naturally obedient and have great herding instincts. Firm training should be done at an early age. These dogs should also be given their dose of attention daily.

Life Expectancy The life expectancy of Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs range from around 10 to 15 years.

Grooming Since this breed of dog sports a coat that is weather-resistant and short-haired, these dogs are really easy to groom. Owners of this breed of dog just need to comb and brush the coat of their dogs with a firm bristle brush. Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs shed their coats once or twice in a year depending on their sex and region. These dogs must be bathed only when necessary.

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