If you are after a quintessentially Australian dog, you may find it hard to go past the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is a medium sized dog with erect ears, broad face, and a strong head. They are very strong, solid and compact and they are medium in size. The dog comes in either blue or red colours, and the colour is mottled or speckled, with solid patches. The coat itself is short, straight, and somewhat harsh in texture. The defining characteristic of these dogs is the naturally stumpy tail, hence the name.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Temperament
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a loyal, brave, and devoted dog that will strongly bond with its owners. It is suspicious of strangers so you will need to introduce new people slowly, to reduce the risk of them fear biting. It is also wary of other animals but if they are introduced to other pets slowly, they will get along well with them. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is an excellent guard dog and, while it is not naturally aggressive, if it is provoked, it will not back down easily.
Caring for an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a low maintenance dog grooming wise as it just requires a weekly brushing and a bath only when it is necessary. However, because they are intelligent and have high energy levels, they do need to be well trained, both so that they know who is boss and so that their energies are directed in the right way. If an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog gets bored, it will find ways to entertain itself, such as digging holes, jumping the fences, or pulling all your washing off the line!
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog lives for around 15 years on average.
Who is the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Suited To?
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is best suited to owners that are looking for a dog with high energy levels and that is willing to spend the time to train them properly and to ensure that they get all the exercise they need, whether that is going for a walk, or being played with until they tire out. They are great with children but like any other breed of dog, kids and dogs should always be supervised. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is not necessarily recommended for elderly people as they may find the dog to be a bit too much to handle.