Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog sitting in front of a white background

Australian Cattle Dog Facts

Type:
Pastoral
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
Very high
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
Low maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Warm - hot
Typical Lifespan:
10-13 years

About the Australian Cattle Dog Breed

The Australian Cattle Dog is built for exactly what its name suggests, herding cattle in Australia. It is fairly small, but nippy and tireless, able to work long hours running and making quick changes in direction to catch any cattle that decide to wonder away from the herd.

It has large, upright, triangular ears that give it an alert look, and a mottled coat. The coat is fairly short and will require brushing weekly to remove any dead hairs. It never has its tail docked as it uses it to help it change direction and augment that all important agility.

It was bred in the Australian outback when the vast areas of land were used to graze cattle. Traditional European herding breeds were unable to look after the cattle, which became wilder on the large, open areas. Therefore, the Cattle Dog was bred. It can deal with the heat and rough terrain of the outback, and tends not to bark at cattle when herding, which can just frighten them and cause them to disperse more.

The main issue an owner may face with this dog is expending its relentless stamina. It has a very high energy levels and is happiest when it has a job to do or can go exploring. If it doesn't have mental and physical activity on a daily basis (a walk on a leash is likely not going to be enough) it can busy itself by being mischievous.

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