It is important to note that the ASTCD Breed Standard which outlines the type and temperament of the breed, states that the stumpy is ‘reserved towards strangers’. The Stumpy exhibits his true, loyal and affectionate nature often only to his owner, so don’t be concerned if puppies are ‘stand offish’. However extreme timidity and suspicion should be avoided at all costs.

Stumpies are quick to learn and eager to please. Firm, consistent leadership is essential. Stumpies will become timid and wary with hard treatment.