Australian Cattle Dog Breed Information

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The hard-working Australian Cattle Dog has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.


The Australian Cattle Dog was developed by Australian ranchers in the mid-1800s. The ranchers needed a resilient dog that could quietly, but effectively, move wild cattle without causing the herd to stampede. They developed the Australian Cattle Dog by crossing the Dingo-blue merle Collie with the Dalmatian and the Black and Tan Kelpie. Originally, the new breed was called the Blue or Australian Heeler.


The Australian Cattle Dog weighs 30 to 45 pounds and measures 17 to 20 inches.

Grooming Needs

The Australian Cattle Dog has a thick double coat that sheds lightly most of the year and more heavily with the change of seasons. The Australian Cattle Dog is very clean and only needs to be brushed once a week and bathed when necessary. Like all dogs, the Australian Cattle Dog also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  


The Australian Cattle Dog is a natural protector and takes their job very seriously.


The Australian Cattle Dog has a strong work ethic and can be quite solemn and determined. The Australian Cattle Dog may take longer than some other breeds to bond with their family, but once they warm up, they are devoted companions.

The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to be a herder and maintains their protective instincts. Australian Cattle Dogs are very good watch dogs. Once they bond with their family, they like to stick by them and guard them closely. Australian Cattle Dogs are wary of strangers and need early socialization to behave appropriately around them.  

Training Needs

The Australian Cattle Dog is very intelligent, but stubborn and strong willed. The Australian Cattle Dog wants to be the dominant member of the household. They need a strong, firm leader they can respect or they will test boundaries and ignore commands.

The Australian Cattle Dog is a thinker and does best when given a task to focus on. Once they have the basics down, Australian Cattle Dogs can go on to do well at obedience, agility and herding.

Activity Level

The Australian Cattle Dog has a high energy level and likes to work. The Australian Cattle Dog can work all day and thrives on physical and mental tasks. They are well suited for life on a farm or ranch and will relish having lots of room to run. At the very least, Australian Cattle Dogs need a long daily walk, jog or hike. They will also enjoy playing games of fetch and Frisbee.

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