Dog Breed Profiles

Australian Cattle Dog

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Dog Breed Group
Herding Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Australia 
Life Expectancy
12 - 15 Years 
Color
Blue, blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue or tan markings on head. 
Coat
Smooth, hard, straight, water-resistant top coat and short, dense undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
Needs long, vigorous walks at least twice a day. 
Temperament
Bold, determined 
Good with Children
Good with his family's children, but may not deal with other children well as he will interpret playful wrestling and chase game 
Grooming Needs
Once a week brushing is adequate 
Average Size - Male (in)
18 - 20 
Average Size - Female (in)
17 - 19 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
35 - 45 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
35 - 45 
Health Issues
Hip dysplasia, hereditary deafness and occasional eye problems.v
Living Conditions
A home with a fenced yard is essential. The owner of an Australian Cattle Dog should be a no-nonsense leader. 

Breed Description

The Australian Cattle Dog also known as the Heeler, is a tough, hard working dog who can cover immense distances. A one-person dog he is rather aloof with strangers. To his owner he is eternally loyal, gentle, alert and can easily be trained. Puppies are born all-white with coat coloring appearing a few weeks after birth.

Breed Infobits

The Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy working dog and also makes an excellent companion.
The Australian Cattle Dog is confident enough to make a formidable guard dog.
The Australian Cattle Dog was obtained principally by crosses between the Collie and the Dingo.

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