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Australian Cattle Dog


The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred to heel cattle in Australia’s rough outback, but it’s also an excellent all-around family dog. The dog is a sturdy, compact, symmetrically built, tough working dog with strength, stamina and endurance. The breeds used to develop the Australian Cattle Dog, as documented by Australian officials, were the Dingo, the blue merle Highland Collie, the black-and-tan Kelpie and the Dalmatian. The dogs are natural guardians and eager companions for children. With their ardent desire to please and extreme intelligence, they do well in the obedience ring. They’re also easy to show in the breed ring, with cleanliness and nail trimming the only grooming needed. Their short coats shed moderately, but a weekly brushing keeps hair to a minimum. Like most smart dogs that tend to think for themselves, Australian Cattle Dogs respond well to firm, consistent training. They are excellent watchdogs and enjoy playing with children. These high-energy dogs need plenty of exercise several times a day.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Australia
Size:
Medium Dog Breed
Color:
Blue or red speckled
Coat:

Straight outercoat and short, dense undercoat

Grooming:

Brush weekly, daily during the spring shedding season.

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Herding Group
UKC Group:
Herding
Height:
Males, 18 to 20 inches; females, 17 to 19 inches.
Weight:
35 to 45 pounds
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