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The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, named for its distinctive short or sometimes non-existent tail, is descended from wild dingoes and herding dogs domesticated in the late 19th century. Although similar to the popular Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is leaner, tailless, and more alert when dealing with strangers and new situations. This tail-docked breed goes by several nicknames, such as Stumpy, Stumpy Tails, and Heelers. Although these are purebred dogs, you can find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Don’t buy if this is the breed for you. This active, intelligent breed has a lot of energy and requires a lot of space to burn it off. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is best suited for adult homes or homes with older children, ideally with some fenced yard space to run around in. If you want an active companion and have the patience for constant training, this may be the breed for you.
Typically, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog’s coat is blue, red, and tan, often with merle speckles or patterns. The average Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has a lot of energy and mental stamina, and they need a rigorous amount of physical and mental activity to stay fit and not fall into boredom-induced destructive habits. They are not a good choice for small homes without a yard. The Stumpy is furry, so they are not a good choice for allergy sufferers. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog can be a good companion for children, although it is best suited for older children and teenagers. The Stumpy’s herding instincts may show, and they may attempt to herd any other animals in the house. Constant training and plenty of exercise can help curb these behaviors. Although the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a loyal breed, they are not usually an overly affectionate dog. They may not want to cuddle, but they show their love by being very protective of their humans.
The Australian Thick-tailed Sheepdog is believed to be Australia’s oldest domesticated breed, although its origins are not exactly confirmed. Researchers believe that British settlers crossed their sheepdogs with wild dingoes sometime in the 18th century. The sheepdogs brought over by the British did not tolerate extreme heat, so breeders worked to create a breed that had the protective coat of the dingo and the herding abilities of their sheepdogs. These ancestors gave rise to the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Selective breeding resulted in separate breeds, and the Stumpy almost became extinct in the 20th century. In 1988, the Australian National Kennel Council was formed to preserve the breed. In 2005, the Stumpy was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and in 2010, the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the breed simply as the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. The American Kennel Club (AKC) now includes the breed in its Foundation Service, which is another step on the road to full recognition of the breed.
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