These dogs are bred in the 19th century and were used to work in the farms as a shepherd dogs. Farmers needed a durable dog that can work in all conditions. The dogs that have been imported from England were not able to handle the job and were crossed with Dingo. After many crosses and recrosses the result is the Australian Cattle Dog.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a muscular body, which is longer than high. Its height varies from 43 cm to 51 cm, and weight - from 15 to 17.5 kg. The head is broad, oval with brown or black eyes. The ears are wide apart and face up by giving watchful radiation. The coat is short, smooth, firm and waterproof. The patterns can be red or blue with blue, black and yellow-brown spots. The Australian Cattle Dog has a two-layer coat. The outer layer is waterproof and short and the is dense.
In some cases, the undercoat may have a reddish color.
Character and behavior
These dogs are very energetic and can not stay at home on the couch all day and do nothing. They are workaholics and feel happiest when they are busy. If you do not provide them with a way to spend their energy, they begin to find a job for themselves. You will not like the result – the puppies will dig in the basket, around the yard or in the flowers and will turn the house upside down.
The Australian Cattle Dog is loyal to his master. Usually attached very strongly to one family member and wants to be with him all the time. Generally attached to the other family members, but not to such extent that it does not want to separate from them.
Dogs of this breed defend the territory they consider their own and are reserved towards strangers. They are smart, but sometimes can be quite temperamental.
The nature of the dog depends on many factors, such as training, socialization, heredity, etc. This is important so before you choose from puppies for sale, first “meet” the parents.
Training and education
The instinct for biting in these dogs is quite strong. They bite livestock and other household, pets and everything that moves. They bite even while playing. It is therefore mandatory to train them from an early age. The little puppy should understand that biting is forbidden. Otherwise, it may cause problems in the future.
Life expectancy of the Australian Cattle Dog is about 15 years. Overall Australian Cattle Dogs are strong by nature, but like any other dog they have a predisposition to certain diseases. These are:
- Eye problems
- Hip dysplasia
The Australian Cattle Dog is extremely durable. Withstand high temperatures, long distances, rugged terrain and has all the qualities to work on a farm. Above all, they are very resistant to pain and even when injured they continue to work as if nothing had happened. It is advisable to check if everything is okay, because the dog doesn't show any symptoms even if is hurt.
Grooming and care
The coat of the Australian Cattle Dog does not fall throughout the year but only once for a period of a few weeks. The hair do not have any special requirements, but it is still good to brushed periodically. Can bathe when necessary.
Your puppy should get used to combing, bathing, etc. from an early age. Turn all this into a positive experience for him filled with games and treats.
Children and other pets
The Australian Cattle Dog has an extremely strong instinct to pursue small animals such as squirrels, rabbits, cats and more. If you have other pets and dog grow up together with them, he could learn to live peacefully with them. But this is only possible for the animals in the house where he lived.
These dogs are usually friendly, but if necessary, protect the owner and his family. Australian Cattle Dog behaves best with the children with whom he grew up. Once you accept them as part of the family, will play with them and protect them.
At the beginning of its creation Australian Cattle Dog was named "Queensland Heller". Gradual consolidation leads to standardization in 1903. The name was changed to "Australian Heller". The main control of the work is guided by the Kennel Club of New South Wales. They accepted the actual name - Australian Cattle Dog.
The oldest dog in the world today is a 29-year-old Australian Cattle Dog!