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Rare dog breeds – The Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog

Sunday, December 5, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-australianIf you are familiar with the Australian Cattle dog, then this dog is very familiar.  The Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle dog was recognized as a breed about 50 years before the regular Australian Cattle dog .  The Stumpy tailed was originally used for herding cattle and helping ranchers.  These dogs don’t have long nails and they are born with very short tails. They don’t have the tan points on the legs,  face and belly  that are found on the Australian Cattle Dog. They don’t have a blotch on their forehead that is also found on the regular Australian Cattle Dog.

These dogs are energetic,  free spirited, obedient and alert.  This dog becomes bored easily which could lead to serious behavior problems.  They are not the type of dog that can sit around the house or chained to a tree in the back yard. They need a firm and consistent pack leader who will give them rules to follow and limitations on what they could and could not do.

These dogs are not recommended for apartments. They should have a very large yard to run around in.  Exercise is the most important.  If they don’t get enough exercise, they will become destructive.  Give them lots of dog toys to play with and play with them very often!

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