The ideal stumpy owner is a committed, experienced dog owner. This is not a part-time breed. They are intelligent, active, affectionate and very loyal. They will not tolerate isolation or neglect, they crave family, activity and training—they need to use their brains or they will become destructive and unruly. Early socialisation with dogs and people is recommended for a well-rounded companion. Training and firm leadership is essential. As a thinking dog, the Stumpy will compensate for any weakness in leadership by taking the place at the top of the pack. ‘Firm’ does not mean ‘hard’, however, as Stumpies can be particularly ‘soft’ and their eagerness to please you means that consistency and reinforcement will get you much further than punishment.