The Australian Cattle Dog is a purebred dog breed that’s classified as being part of the herding group from the American Kennel Club. They were initially bred to keep the beef industry alive by herding cattle, especially when traveling. However, they’re known to be alert, pleasant, and curious.
This dog breed is medium-sized with females being slightly smaller than males. For instance, males can grow to be about 18 to 20 inches tall and females can grow to be about 17 to 19 inches tall. Both genders weigh about the same, ranging from 35 to 50 pounds. You’ll be able to find this dog breed in two colors: blue and red with some markings such as speckled or mottled.
Australian Cattle Dogs do make for a good family companion dog. However, they won’t be the most lovey-dovey. They will be loyal and affectionate with their family members though. They’re also good with young children, other dogs, and meeting new people. In order to get them used to others easily enough, you need to give them early training and early socialization. Luckily, they are easy to train.
Australian Cattle Dog – A High Energy Dog
When it comes to caring for the Australian Cattle Dog requires some maintenance. For example, they have high energy levels, so they need plenty of exercise and playtime each day. Having a bigger house with a fenced-in yard will be ideal. However, grooming will be minimal. They’ll only need an occasional bath. You’ll be able to bring them to a professional grooming salon once in a while to help socialize them and give them a good cleaning. But they do shed moderately, so be sure to brush their coat once a week. Overall, this dog breed has an average lifespan of about 12 to 16 years so you know you’ll have this furry friend for quite a while.