The origin of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a highly debated topic. Nobody is sure when the breed was first created, but it can be said that it is one of the oldest breeds in Australia. It is also agreed that the breed came from Australia.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog in the lawn

They first appeared in the middle of the 19th century. They are the results of the crossing between British herding dogs and the Australian Dingo.

At the time, British colonies have been established in Australia. Their main business is herding cattle and harvesting wool.

Because of the vast terrain and harsh weather, the British immigrants developed a herding dog that can withstand the extreme conditions in Australia.

This breed almost became instinct due to a lot of factors.

Fortunately, they were saved due to the efforts of the Australian National Kennel Council and other breeders.

Traits and Behavior

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is the most energetic and heat tolerant of all working dogs. They are very loyal to their family but are independent at the same time; they love to be around their masters but would prefer the floor to their masters’ laps.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog tree background

However, due to their herding instincts, they have the urge to nip at children’s feet. But, with proper training, they can be great around children.

It is also because of these instincts that the dog is highly aggressive towards other dogs. Proper training and socialization should be done to prevent aggression.

This breed has very keen senses and is a good watchdog. They are wary of strangers and may get aggressive when surprised. The Stumpy Tail’s territorial tendency also makes them great guard dogs.

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is highly intelligent. They can learn quickly and can do what any dog can do. They are also very obedient and loyal.

However, they are independent and at times stubborn. They are also dominant and challenging. Stumpy Tail owners should constantly practice their leadership and dominance over this breed.

Pet Care and Diseases

This breed needs high levels of exercise and activity to be healthy and happy.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog in the mountain

They are perfect for owners who herds because they were mainly bred for this purpose.

They are also suitable for people who love extreme sports and enjoy activities like mountain climbing. If not given a sufficient amount of exercise daily, they can get anxious and aggressive.

Like most working dogs, the Stumpy Tail doesn’t need any professional grooming.

Regular brushing and occasional baths suffice with this breed.

However, owners should bear in mind that this breed is a heavy shedder and that they aren’t the best choice for people with allergies.

This breed is considered to be extremely healthy. However, they can suffer from health problems including dysplasia, deafness, eye problems, and mange.


The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog greatly resembles its more famous cousin, the Australian Cattle dog. They are very similar in coat and color. But upon closer look, they are quite distinct from each other. The Stumpy Tail is more proportionate than the Cattle dog.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog side view

They have longer legs, a more slender build and a shorter tail. On average, this breed stands at 18 to 20 inches with the female generally shorter.

This breed appears strong and muscular because it is a working dog that is built for hard labour in a harsh environment.

The Stumpy tail is well known for its short tail (thus the name). It should be short and not docked. The breed has a soft, dense undercoat under a short and coarse overcoat.

This enables them to tolerate the extreme Australian climate. They usually have a red and blue color scheme that may be speckled or mottled.

General Information

This breed has a life expectancy of about 12-13 years. The litter size is approximately 4-6 puppies. The Australian stumpy tail is also known as Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail, Stumpy Tail Heeler, and Heeler.

Breed Club

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