The Australian Cattle Dog is probably the most known dog breed in Australia and has been helping many farmlands herd and protect cattle since the early 1800’s. Coming from a droving dog in England, they have guarded and herded abilities since their birth and have been mixed with dingo dogs, which is way their faces have a slight resemblance to the feral canines. As time went on, this breed became mighty popular and even taking in grand prizes at dog shows. Learn all about this cattle dog from the outback.
Not at all a large dog by any means, the cattle dog is medium sized and weighs about sixty two pounds, or even less. Their muscles are well aligned and prominent due to the right amount of exercise they should be getting, and their hind legs are the most defined. With a long and wavy tail and a true dingo face with the long snout, pointed triangular ears, and endearing deep brown eyes, this breed is actually beautiful to look at. Their coat can come in beige, black and white spotted, a dark blue, and a common color of grey, blue, and white freckled.
These dogs are hard working and enjoy herding cattle to please their masters. Their loyalty is so strong, one wouldn’t know that these dogs are half dingo bred. There is no signs of aggression to their masters and their family, but when a stranger arrives they tend to show a bit of apprehensiveness and can bark loudly, unless the owner tells them not to, as they take direct commands easily. Cattle dogs have an abundant amount of energy they need to focus on, especially since they need the best amount of exercise they can get if they are not used to herd animals.
Because of their short stiff fur, this is not a large issue and they can be brushed daily or even weekly. This breed does enjoy the outdoors on a full spectrum, so baths two times a month should be an adequate amount. They shed the most often at warmer months.
Australian Cattle Dogs usually have the utmost health, but some dogs can be affected with progressive retinal atrophy, which will proceed to make them blind the older they become. It is best to get them checked out at an early age to get medication which can stop the blindness from happening too soon.
Cattle Dogs are definitely one of mans best friends and they love the company of humans and even other dogs if raised with them. Being such a loyal and trusty companion definitely has its perks with this dog.
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