Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Although a little smaller than other cattle dogs, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is just as dedicated and hard working as the others. His physique is reminiscent of his wild ancestor, the Dingo, who came from the same rugged land. This hardworking dog delights Australian owners with his ability to work and great complicity with humans. He carries out his tasks without any issue and tirelessly defends the property and the family residing on the land in addition to being a good and brave life companion.

Height 43 to 51 cm
Weight 16 to 23 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country Australia

Quick Overview of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog


  • Gentle and faithful
  • Smart and brave
  • Vigilant and obedient
  • Extraordinary working dog


  • Blue dress or flecked with red
  • Rough and fairly short coat
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Small pointed ears


  • Healthy as a rock
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Gentle, loyal, intelligent and courageous, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is vigilant and perfectly obedient. He is an extraordinary working dog, but also does a great job as a life companion.

He is sociable with everyone and more specifically with children. He doesn't really like strangers and can become an excellent defender if the situation requires it.

Reliable and devoted, he takes his work very seriously and never deviates from his task. He is a born worker.

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Breed Appearance

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This rather well proportioned dog has a rustic appearance that shows his great endurance and tough attitude to the task. His physique has enough substance to show his ability to endure long hours of hard work, regardless of the conditions encountered.

He looks like what he really is, a hard worker. He is a medium size dog with great abilities.


Between 46 and 51 cm (18.11 to 20.08 inches) for the male
Between 43 and 48 cm (16.93 to 18.90 inches) for the female


Between 16 and 23 kg (35.27 to 50.71 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 23 kg (35.27 to 50.71 pounds) for the female


His dress can be blue or red.


His harsh coat is fairly short but very dense and straight.


His head with a broad, flat skull has a slight but very defined stop. His medium size eyes are dark brown. His small, almost pointed ears are well erect. His nose is black. His tail is uncut and naturally short, not exceeding 10 cm (4 inches).

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 2 and is #351

Tips About this breed

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is courageous, loyal and devoted to his owners and herds.

Created for driving and managing herds on Australian farms in all conditions, he performs his task very well and even defends his herd when necessary.

His courage equals his dedication and is boundless.

All situations suit him, but as he is a dog created for work, he has a great need for exercise and fresh air.

The Australian Stumpy Cattle Dog is an excellent guardian and a good defender of his family and their property.

His mistrust of strangers should not be encouraged, but a good education usually succeeds in overcoming his innate fear of them.

Even if he is more of an outdoor dog that needs plenty of room to roam, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is an excellent companion, so contact with his family is important.

Raised on Australian farms, he is in constant contact with animals and humans and loves it.

Health of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

He is very sturdy and generally in excellent health. No pathology affects the breed except perhaps for a few cases of elbow or hip dysplasia, but not all subjects are affected. His life expectancy is also excellent.


A good weekly brushing is more than enough to maintain a healthy coat. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

In the 19th century, Australian dingoes were crossed with English herding dogs. The first specimens were then bred and used to drive and manage herds.

As these subjects were slightly too aggressive with the cattle, a crossing with the Shorthair Collie was carried out and gave the ancestor of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Raised in vast and rather local areas, the specimens were not many to be officially listed in the books of the time.

The breed was finalized with the Smithfield, which brought the short, natural tail of the dog best known today, especially in Australia.

Multiple crossbreeding resulted in a colorful dog with a short tail and the ability to naturally endure the harsh conditions of Australia's rural and more remote locations.

The breed received its official name in 2001 and its standard was then officially established in 2005.

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