Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a bobtailed, average sized type of dog. It was developed by crossbreeding between European herding, dogs and the Australian dingo in Australia.
The head of this dog is balanced with the body. The ears are wide at the bottom set wide apart on the head. The eyes are regular sized and oval in shape. The nose color is black and body colored according to fur. This dog has a medium length and tremendously physically powerful neck and a deep and well-built chest with well-sprung ribs.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog inherited from England place call Smithfield Cattle Dogs, in the early 19th century they were brought to Australia bred with the dingo breed. There are more than a few diverse accounts of the breed’s development. One of them is a drover called Timmins from Bathurst (New South Wales) crossed with the Smithfield dogs with the dingo, developing a new type of working dog named “Timmins’s Biters”. In order to make the dogs easier to handle and eliminate the dingo characteristics, additional breeding were made with Scottish smooth collies and producing speckled red and blue dogs that were born tailless.
In the book” A Dog Called Blue”, the case is that both the Australian dogs, the tailless Stumpy Tail Cattle and the Australian Cattle inherited from the same stock, Halls Heelers, Thomas hall ran a extremely large cattle operation in 1830s which kept these dogs. The dogs which were also crossed with the Smithfield Cattle Dogs and dingo, but this breeds diverged at some point in the late 19th century. To fix the attribute of these dogs selected breeding was done between the tailless or short tailed dogs.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is recognized in its resident nation by the ASTCDC (Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Club) of New South Wales and put in the working dogs category by the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) and New Zealand Kennel Club and in the United States by the United Kennel Club in its Herding Group. In 2005 Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog was temporarily acknowledged by the Federation Cynologique International.
The Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a usually balanced, harsh dog with standing up ears and elongated legs. The breed’s most distinguishing feature, by which this breed is named, is the frequent lack of a tail (bobtailed). In case, if there is a tail it would be quite short, no longer than 4 inches (10 cm). The skin or fur is of medium length to small, straight, thick and harsh. The fleece color is a speckled red or speckled blue. The withers are 18-20inches in length (46–51cm) for dogs, with females somewhat smaller. The Australian Cattle Dog is connected breed (with a long tail) that is alike in looks to the Stumpy, but the Australian Cattle Dog is less leggy and heavier. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog also does not have the tan color seen in the Australian Cattle Dog.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs can participate in dog agility trails, fly ball, showmanship, tracking, obedience and herding events. Their Herding instincts and trainability can be considered at non-competitive tests. Stumpy dogs showing basic herding instincts can be skilled to contend in herding trials.