australian cattle dogaustralian dog breeds have mainly developed
as working dogs, helping settlers and pioneers
manage cattle, control rodent, and vermin populations, and protect the family. the australian cattle dog is the most known dog breed outside its country of origin, but there are many other breeds from australia. for example, the australian terrier, australian kelpie, halls heeler, kangaroo dog, and miniature fox terrier.
australian cattle dog:
The australian cattle dog is often called ACD, or just cattle dog, and these are energetic cattle herders ready to work all day. in their homeland australia these dogs drive cattle across long distances over rough terrain, and they are unfazed by angry cows. an individual with strong herding instinct can get the idea to herd anything that moves.
australian cattle dogs are agile, curious, strong, and intelligent. they consistently score amongst the ten most intelligent breeds. they generally
also, have a lot of energy and paired with bright minds, this means they need something to do. bring the ACD along on adventures, jogging, hiking, or whatever the family is up to.
This is a wonderful breed for herding, obedience training, or agility, and the dog bonds closely with the family. Little grooming is required, and an occasional bath and brushing are enough.
most Australian cattle dogs weigh under 50pounds
Average size, weight & lifespan:
43cm – 51cm
14kg – 16kg
12 – 15 years
the “blue heeler” as it is affectingly known; has
a weather-resistant double coat and it comes in
blue or red speckled.
could withstand traveling long distances over rough terrain in hot weather and could control cattle without barking. Five breeds of dog have gone into “the making” of the Australian cattle dog; the dingo, german coolie, dalmatian, kelpie, and the bull terrier.
naturally suspicious of strangers and will protect
the family and possessions with their life. They are not naturally aggressive, but if provoked they will not back down without a fight.
Obedience training is a must, as their brain needs
stimulation of the right sort so they don’t think
things up for themselves – such as digging, pulling washing from the clothes-line, pruning trees and jumping fences.
The short-haired, weather-resistant coat needs
little care and is very easy to groom, so a wash
and brush once a fortnight will keep the coat
clean and healthy.
The breed is prone to hip dysplasia, PRA and deafness.