Australian Cattle Dog

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Australian Cattle Dog

ORIGIN

The Australian Cattle Dog ( ACD ), or simply Cattle Dog , is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain.

TEMPERAMENT

As with dogs from other working breeds, the Australian Cattle Dog is energetic and intelligent with an independent streak. It responds well to structured training, particularly if it is interesting and challenging.

However, it is reserved with people it does not know and naturally cautious in new situations. Its attitude to strangers makes it an excellent guard dog when trained for this task, and it can be socialized to become accustomed to a variety of people from an early age as a family pet. The bond that this breed can create with its owner is strong and will leave the dog feeling protective towards the owner, typically resulting in the dog’s never being too far from the owner’s side. The Australian Cattle Dog can be the friendliest of companions although it is quick to respond to the emotions of its owners, and may defend them without waiting for a command. t responds well to familiar dogs, but when multiple dogs are present, establishing a pecking order can trigger aggression. It is not a breed that lives in a pack with other dogs.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Extreme. The Cattle Dog needs plenty of exercise, companionship and a job to do, so a non-working dog might participate in dog sports, learning tricks, or other activities that engage its body and mind.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 46–51 cm (M) and 43–48 cm (F) / Between 15–22 kg (M+F)

COAT

Short double coat.

COLOR

Blue, blue mottled, blue speckled, red mottled, red speckled.

GROOMING

Low. Known as a “wash and wear” dog, the Australian Cattle Dog requires little grooming, and an occasional brushing is all that is required to keep the coat clean and odor-free.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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