Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 33-55 lbs.
Life Span: 10-13 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
The Australian cattle dog is a strong, healthy breed that herds cattle by
nipping at their heels but without the nonstop barking common to many other
herders. Wary by nature, the Australian cattle dog needs early obedience
training and social contact with both people and other animals. Without
such training it will try to dominate the family "pack." Small children
playing and squealing will trigger its herding instinct unless this dog
is exposed to such behavior at an early age.
The Australian cattle dog has a moderately short and straight outercoat
and a short, dense undercoat. Coat color is blue, blue mottled, or red speckled.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Australian cattle dog, which sheds heavily in the spring, requires daily
brushing during shedding season. This dog needs a lot of exercise, such
as daily vigorous romps and/or fast-paced walks.
The Australian cattle dog was bred in the late 19th century to herd cattle
in rough terrain and extreme heat. It counts collies, dingoes, and dalmatians
among its ancestors.
This breed is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners and is not recommended
for city or apartment living.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club