Dog Breed Guide: Australian Cattle Dog
Posted on July 6, 2015 under Dog Articles
About the Australian Cattle Dog
Height (to base of neck): female 17 – 19″, male 18 – 20″
Weight: 35 – 45 lb
Color: Blue, or red, mottle and speckled are accepted.
Origin: Native Australian Dingo crossed with the Highland Collie from Scotland
Coat: Weather resistant, hard, straight double coat, with dense and short undercoat.
Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: High
Breed Nicknames: Cattle Dog, Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queen’s Heeler
Is an Australian Cattle Dog the Right Dog Breed for You?
This breed was originally used for protecting and herding herds of cattle in harsh conditions. Thus they are extremely hard working, devoted and resilient. Their protective instincts can make them untrustworthy with small pets and with children and early socialization should be implemented. They are intelligent and like to have a ‘job.’ They are prone to boredom related vises such as chewing and digging and they have high exercise needs. Moderate shedders with moderate grooming needs.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Australian Cattle Dog
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