Australian Cattle Dog Breed

Australian Cattle Dog :

General Information
Dog Name: Australian Cattle Dog
Dog breed Group: Herding dogs
Size Category: Medium-sized dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, five inches to one foot, eight inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 30 to 50 pounds
Lifespan: Ranges from 12 to 15 years.

Brief History
The Australian Cattle Dog is a relatively new breed, and so it's surprising that nobody knows exactly which breeds were mixed to achieve this breed. Early settlers of Australia brought with them an English dog, the Smithfield, to herd cattle, but they soon decided that this rough and noisy breed was unsuited to the job. Through lots of experimentation, the Australian Cattle Dog was finally bred. It truly is the perfect herding dog for the outback; it can work silently, but is firm enough to get the job done. 

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
The Australian Cattle Dog is an imposing figure that will intimidate even the toughest of intruders. Constantly alert and ready to bark, this breed is an excellent watchdog.

B. Ease of Training
The most important part of training an Australian Cattle Dog is to establish the owner as the alpha. Dog training is particularly important with this breed, as they tend to nip, and this habit must be discouraged before it becomes dangerous. Once a clear hierarchy is demonstrated, this breed will be relatively easy to train.

C. Playfulness
Temperament can vary widely across this breed, but as a rule Australian Cattle Dogs are very attached to their owners, so much so that they consider isolation to be a punishment. Whilst not the most affectionate of breeds, Australian Cattle Dogs love their owners and are endlessly loyal.

D. Exercise needs
The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd and chase, and so this is exactly what they do. They need lots of daily exercise, and they will chase anything that moves.

E. Adaptability
This breed needs a large living space – it has too much energy for an apartment! They are very rambunctious and require an experienced dog owner.