Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Australia
Group: Herding dog
Height: 18-20 in.
Weight: 30-50 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes, supervise with toddlers
Good with other pets: yes, but can be dog-aggressive

January’s Dog of the Month

A high energy and very intelligent breed, this Aussie is loyal and very protective of its family.

What are the origins of the Australian Cattle Dog?

In the 1800s Australian ranchers needed a dependable dog to control cattle. The bred the Australian Wild Dog with smooth-coated Blue Merle Collies, later adding Dalmatian and Australian Kelpie.

What does the Australian Cattle Dog look like?

The Australian Cattle Dog has a strong, compact body. Height is about 18-20 inches and weight 30-50 lbs., females being a bit smaller. The nose is black and it has a scissors bite. Ears are set wide apart, medium size and erect. Eyes are oval and dark brown. The coat is traight and hard with a short, thick undercoat. Colors are blue, blue-mottled, blue speckled and can have blue, black or tan markings or red speckled. As the coat continually sheds, frequent brushing is recommended.

What is the temperament of the Australian Cattle Dog?

The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly energetic dog and needs an owner who is equally active. They are bred to be working dogs and are very intelligent. This dog needs to be kept from boredom which can lead to destructive behavior. Early training and socialization can avoid problems. Australian Cattle Dogs are very loyal and quick to protect their family. They don’t do well with other dogs and cats unless socialized when young. They are good with children, but young children should be supervised when playing with the dog.

What are the uses of the Australian Cattle Dog?

The Australian Cattle Dog is still used to herd cattle which it does by nipping at their heels. Their intelligence shows in obedience and agility trials. They are loyal and affectionate companions with their family.

Possible Health Issues

Progressive retinal atrophy, hip and elbow dysplasia, deafness, osteochondrosis dessicans, cataracts, lens luxation, vonWillebrand’s disease.


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