Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Portrait of a female Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog lying on a green lawn and looking over shoulder into the afternoon sun. Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus/ phramedau

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 35 – 50 pounds
  • Height: 17 – 20 inches

The Look of a Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs have small but sturdy frames—slightly longer than tall—with bobbed tails. They have lean, muscular legs, strong necks and broad, flat heads with wide, pointy ears. Their dense, weather-resistant coats come blue speckled or red speckled—both with possible dark or tan markings. Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are solid, sturdy and compact canines with an alert, ready-to-work stance. They resemble the Australian Cattle Dog except for a few differences, notably their short tails ad slightly longer legs.


  • Alert and protective
  • Intelligent and cunning
  • Easily bored
  • Hard-working

Ideal Human Companion

  • Farmers & ranchers
  • Families with older children
  • Active singles
  • Outdoorsy types

What They Are Like to Live With

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are high-energy, intelligent and active. Not content with sitting around the house for hours on end, these dogs will encourage you to take them outside for exercise, play and work. Being herders, Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs can be one-person dogs, cautious and wary of strangers—qualities that make them excellent watchdogs.

Very independent, Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs don’t require much in the way of cuddling or affection. Though tough and resolute, they will definitely appreciate praise and good treatment. Sometimes their herding instincts come into play at home. They may “herd” family members or nip lightly at heels if they want something. Not particularly loud, they are still very protective of the home.

Things You Should Know

A healthy Australian Cattle Dog can live as long as 15 years with relatively few health problems. Some can develop eye problems, hip dysplasia and deafness.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs need activities, tasks and lots of room to run; therefore, they are probably not suited for apartment living. Without open spaces and jobs to do, they can get into mischief and destructiveness. Easily trained, they need a firm but positive hand showing them the way.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog History

Believed to be a cross between a Dingo and a short, bobtailed dog of unknown origin, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog—along with its relative, the Australian Cattle Dog—were used to herd cattle and work on farms across the Outback.

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