Australian Cattle Dog

Breed stats

Breed group Pastoral Size Medium Life span Over 10 Years Exercise More than an hour per day Grooming Once a week Coat length Short Coat sheds? Yes
The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Australian Heeler, is very intelligent and has bags of energy so is good not only at herding cattle but at keeping people on their toes.

This medium dog is compact and muscular but agile too. They are smooth coated but have a short, dense undercoat. They can come in a variety of colours.

The Australian Cattle Dog comes from a mixture of other dogs with a strong herding and protecting instinct and the ability to withstand the harsh weather conditions and long distances of Australia. They can perform to high levels of agility and obedience but bore easily if not challenged. They are not only naturally hard-working but love to work. They are naturally protective so automatically suspicious of people and animals they don't know.

They have great stamina and energy and need plenty of exercise. The coat can withstand weather well, needs little care and is easy to groom.

They are prone to hip dysplasia and PRA and the merle colours are prone to deafness.


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