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    Also known as: No Nicknames

    Group: Foundation Stock Service

    Origin: Australia

    Today's Role: Companion Dog, Herding, Show Dog

    History and Facts: Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog developed from the same ancestors of early Halls Heelers and Timmons Biters. Breeding emphasized working ability and stamina. By the 1890s, the Cattle Dog was exhibited and early classes included both long-tailed and stumpy-tailed varieties.

    *They are not the same thing as docked tail Australian Cattle Dog

    Temperament / Behavior
    The Australian Shepherd is loyal, affectionate, smart, independent and reserved with strangers.

    Breed-Related Health Concerns:                                                                Deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Primary Lens Luxation

    Exercise: The Stumpy will need daily exercise and mind stimulating work.

    Grooming: Weekly gentle brushing is suggested