MY FIRST BLUE STUMPER (Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)

by Kimmie Matthews
(Maryland USA )

MY FIRST BLUE STUMPER  (Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)<br>Please note: photo is under copy right to Steal Heels Kennels

MY FIRST BLUE STUMPER (Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)
Please note: photo is under copy right to Steal Heels Kennels

Although all types of dogs originate from the Grey Wolf: What I love most about my best mate, is an unusual story!


I have owned different types of dogs while growing up from a child to adulthood, all kinds, from small dogs, large dogs & even the rare dog breeds. I can say, very, truthfully that my BEST mate is my Blue Stumper (Aust Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog) named, Burnum.

Burnum was bold, strong and unruly when he first arrived into my hands, as a 9 week old pup into my home. I knew from the minute that I received him that I needed to set boundaries and home rules; He had great fun, from tugging on my long hair, and stealing my shoes to shredding paper, or, for that matter, anything that he could get his mouth on. He made a game out of everything and he, sometimes, even out-smarted me until I figured out that I had to out-smart him to get a ground hold of him.

We joined an obedience dog school 4 years ago which has, pretty, much shaped him into what he is to-day; A loyal, energetic, and fun loving dog with, enormous, obedience. My best blue mate!

You can see his photo's on my website one of my favorites, being him at 11 weeks old in my backyard. www.stealheelskennels.com

I could do with no other breed now days; I am totally Stumpy hooked.

I, also, travel a lot with him; we attend dog shows and I have, even, taken him to herding practices where his natural instinct to herd, was very apparent!

This, beautiful, dog has taught me, so, much and I would be majorly lost with out him; Oh, I don't want to think about that now, he is still young and strong.

I didn't harness train him but I, do, use a harness on him when he is riding in the back of motorized vehicles; I attach a leash to him through a body harness, instead of a collar hook up. I feel,if he were to fall out of the back of the truck, he wouldn't choke to death, by hanging from his neck, the harness would hold him by his body weight, until I could get to him. He, pretty much, figured out that it was much safer to stay in and not fall out.

A dog with the brains that can-not be fathomed, and the, constant, amazement with what he's capable of doing and his wonderful personality; I love his vocal sounds and his soft, hummms and purrs.

He is from the land of OZ and the Aussies produced a breed Just Right! If you have, ever, owned an Aussie Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, you will know, see and experience what I am talking about.

MY best blue mate always

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Oct 18, 2013
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Hear hear to your love of situ pies
by: Jo

Like many of you we discovered the breed by chance and now wouldn't have anything else. We really only consider blue stumpies as being true to breed, so we're a bit exclusive!!
Our girl Pepper is THE BEST. Can I put a photo on this site.? She is truly my husband's (they are such a one person dog) but loves me too and is gentle with everyone - except the sheep dog who lives over the creek ha ha.
Pepper has had two cross breed litters and is a good mum. We want to breed from her once more and are looking for a 'perfect' sire. It's really hard because you can't advertise (unethical in a world full of rescue pets). and the kennels will only speak to you if your dog has papers and show titles etc.

Any other Aussie readers out there who can help?? Mr Clooney on Big Brother would be ideal.....

May 16, 2013
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Stumpy Tail
by: Anonymous

I am so lucky to live in Aus and have a Blue Stumpy tail named Busha, I was reading your story and could relate so much. First day he came home he was handful, 8 years on, he is the best dog I have ever had and could not ever imagine having another breed.
I always had cattle dogs. i notice the biggest difference between the stumpy and the cattle dog is, the cattle dog is highly strung and never chills out, where the stumpy tail will relax and when you need them to work they come to life, but chill when not working. I would highly recommend this breed for any family they are an amazing dog.

Jan 10, 2013
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an aussie with a stumpy
by: aussie hels

G'day!
I consider myself very lucky to own a stumpy. She is our second, after the passing of our best mate Buddy who we were blessed with for 13 years. She (Dusty) is still a pup (at 16 mths) & a handful, but soooo worth the effort. Buddy was the most amazing companion - loyal, protective, intelligent, considerate & affectionate. He bonded best with me, but loved my husband & 2 boys just as much. He was there before my kids, but became a brother to them & watched out for them! Stumpies are the most intelligent animals, but do have a single mindedness at times! We are lucky in Aus to be able to find a number of good breeders. My hope for other countries is to be able to also easily access this pure breed so that other people can enjoy the love of a best friend like our Buddy!!

Sep 02, 2012
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love the breed
by: Anonymounas

I RESCUED MY STUMPY FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN MODESTO,CA, I DID NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT STUMPY TAIL CATTLE DOGS UNTIL I WAS READING A BOOK ON AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS.THERE WAS A CAPTER ON STUMPY TAIL CATTLE DOGS AND I ALMOST FELL OFF MY CHAIR.WE HAD HER FOR THREE YEARS NOW AND WE THOUGHT SHE WAS AN AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG ALL THIS TIME.SHE IS SMART,LOYLE,ENERGENIC ,LOVABLE AND CRAZY FILLED WITH LIFE.SHE WAKES UP HAPPY AND READY TO GO EVERY DAY.WE ARE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE HER IN OUR LIFE.WE ENJOY HER PRESENCE EVERY DAY.ENJOY YOURS TOO!STUMPY TAIL DOGS ROCKS!

Oct 20, 2011
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Dingoes
by: Sage

I live in British Columbia where owning exotic animals has become banned. Included in the ban are dingo's,
"A dingo is considered CAS because it is a subspecies of Canis lupus (grey wolf)."

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlifeactreview/cas/species.html
Which would mean Stumpies are part wolf.
I seem to be continuously alerted from this site that there is a reply comment to me, but I get here and only find my comments are deleted or pushed aside. Cheers!

Oct 18, 2011
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC514485/
by: Anonymous

The dingo was present throughout the Australian mainland by the time of the arrival of Europeans (3). Mostly it lived as a wild animal, but some groups of Aboriginals used dingoes in a semidomestic state as pets or in hunting. However, full domestication of dingoes has proved difficult (1); as a pet, it is generally more independent-minded than dogs. The dingo is similar in general morphology to South Asian domestic dogs (3), and in skeletal morphology it especially resembles Indian pariah dogs and WOLVES (4, 5). In measures of skull morphology, values for dingoes are between those of dogs and wolves, overlapping with both

Oct 17, 2011
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Canines/Wolves
by: Anonymous

How do you think canines got here in the first place , i know they are dingo n smithfield
maybe you should learn things dingoes derive from an Indian wolf (dhloe wolf) even dingoes are considered close cousins of the basenji, an African dog

Oct 10, 2011
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wolves
by: Anonymous

Through dna testing it has been proven that Dingoes are purebred Asian wolves, with guesses being they came to Australia on Chinese ships 3,000 years ago.

Oct 10, 2011
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Dingoes
by: Anonymous

As with the Dingoes , current evidence favors
the "Indian Wolf"


Sep 04, 2011
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Stumyp Tail Cattle Dog
by: mfirewalkerwmn

If you read the history of the Stumpy tail,you will see it was bred with a Dingo & a Smithfield. I am not sure where you got your information about them being bred from wolves,but everything I have read about them says nothing about wolves.Maybe you should research this and change your incorrect information.

Mar 12, 2011
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Stumpies in TX
by: Winston

I just purchased a red stumpy from Grace Harper in Texas. She has Gravan kennels down in Centerville. She has beautiful dogs and pups for a reasonable price and she does ship. My 'Zip' is now 16 weeks and is a 21lb bundle fun and energy. He gets along well with my 9 year old heeler and Zip has a very calm demeanor, meaning he can be still at times other than sleeping. He is definitely a clown and has me laughing all the time. I am sorry for your loss and thought you might like the info about Grace. She was wonderful to me in our dealings. She has some pups now that are not 'show' quality but have minor defects like missing a tooth or another small flaw that disqualifies them from being shown. These she sells very reasonable and is very supportive after you purchase one. Good luck with your next stumpy. You can reach Grace at gravan@tconline.net

Comment From Site Owner...

Thank you Winston for helping, we do not normally advertise Puppy Breeders unless we personally know their ethics and welfare standards. In this case, as you personally have recommended this breeder, coupled with the fact that, the Aussie Stumpy Tail breed is probably not readily available in the States, we have made an exception to our rule.

Cheers,
Lou-ann

Nov 24, 2010
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Cinnamon
In Loving Memory

by: Anonymous

I was fortunate enough to have a red stumpy - named Cinnamon. She passed away last year. Believe it or not, I found her in a shelter! The owners had given her up at 8mos, saying they were unable to house train her. She was easly trained, just needed some attention(of course). Cinnamon was a wonderful addition to our family and will never be forgotten. My son was only two when we got her and was amazed when he realized other dogs had tails! :) I would love to have another stumpy, but that breed is just not available in North Carolina (at least, I'm unable to locate one). I was given a wonderful opportunity to have such a loyal companion and she will be sorely missed forever.

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Our thoughts and love are with you as we understand your loss.
Lou-ann and Kate

May 07, 2010
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Born again Stumpy addict.
by: Tracy

I have a Stumpy as well, got him in Washington state from a home that couldn't manage him. I don't know where he came from. Everytime I click on stealheel kennel I just get an ad page. I wonder if he came from there originally.

I would like to know where my dog came from. There is no doubt he is a stumpy, and no doubt I also think it is the best breed to suit me.

I don't find him as intensely game as a heeler, he is more thoughtful about things. I can't laugh at him, he gets really embarrassed and upset and sulky if I do. But he is the biggest clown with quite a range of hilarious attention getting behaviours if he means to be laughed at.

He is the funniest little dog I have ever known. He was bizarrely shy when I got him, but now he is out of his shell and has many friends, who must always at approach do so respectfully, if they want his attention.

I am also now addicted to this breed. I consider myself very lucky to have found him.


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