The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is not like its long-winded name: this dog is economically built with nothing more than exactly what she needs to do the job for which she was bred. These medium-sized dogs are slender with somewhat long legs, a well-proportioned torso and, of course, a stumpy tail. They have a double-coat that protects them from the extreme heat of the Australian outback where they typically work all day herding.
These extremely intelligent dogs tend to work alone, and they can think on the fly as well as deal with multiple issues at once. They seem to appreciate challenges and this has made the breed independent.
Although they are independent, they are also prone to separation anxiety when at home. They prefer the company of their master and when left alone at home frequently and for long periods, they quickly become destructive. Barking, chewing on things, and general mayhem is how they express their loneliness and boredom. Otherwise, they are loyal, loving dogs that, with the right person, are wonderfully obedient.
These dogs need a great amount of exercise. They were bred and remain expressly maintained working long, hard days in hot climates. They need a lot of room to run, and they will not adapt to apartment living or being indoors all the time. The Stumpy needs an extraordinary amount of daily exercise.