Developed by pioneer settlers in Australia during the 19th century, the Australian Cattle is a robust working dog needed on large ranches in the outback.
Known as the Heeler due to its herding skill of snapping and biting cattle heels, the Australian Cattle Dog is well-muscled, powerful, yet very agile dogs who can cover large distances. They have a very unique look that can be easily spotted amongst other dogs and animals, so it is definitely easy to spot this herding dog in the fields! An amazing dog with an amazing personality. The intelligent and courageous dog is a leader of the pack and will follow his owner to the end.
Puppies are born all-white (inherited from the early Dalmatian crosses), but get their color within a few weeks after birth. The color of the coat comes in blue or red speckled with or without black.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a rough and moderately short weather-resistant double coat. The outer coat is flat, hard, straight, and close so that it is rain-resisting. While the under coat consists of a short and dense fur.
An extremely intelligent, vigilant, courageous, and reliable breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is protective of their territory. Definitely a one-person dog, it is wary of people they don?t know, and can be aggressive with other pets or cats for its dominance level is high. This breed requires high challenging activities and may be too active and intense for home life.
The Australian Cattle Dog breed is prone to such health issues as hip dysplasia, some genetic deafness and PRA (progressive retina atrophy). The short-haired coat needs little care and is very easy to groom, Just comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary using a mild shampoo. During seasonal shedding (once or twice per year) extra brushing should be given to the coat.
To his master the Australian Cattle Dogs are very easy to train and extremely obedient. One of the most intelligent breeds, they need activities that engage their minds such as participating in dog sports, performing tricks or competitive obedience. Training sessions needs to be varied and exciting in order to keep the dog concerned. Harsh or heavy-handed training methods must be avoid with an Australian Cattle Dog.
The Australian Cattle Dogs are not recommended for apartment or city dwelling life, these dogs have incredible amount of stamina and will enjoy a great deal of exercise. If not sufficiently stimulated this breed is likely to become bored, noisy and dominant. Two long and brisk walks a day, a job to do, the freedom to run about in a large sized yard and plenty of company is necessary to keep this dog at his happiest.