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Australian Cattle Dog

Life Expectancy:   Australian Cattle Dog
12 - 15 years  
Dog Breed Group:  
Herding Dogs  
Weight:  
30 - 50 lbs.  
Height:  
17 - 19 inches  
 

Where Do Australian Cattle Dogs Rank

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.
 
Trainability
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The Australian Cattle Dog is intelligent; however, he is ver stuck in his ways and very stubborn. Consistent, positive reinforcement training is highly recommended with this breed.
 
Shedding
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The Australian Cattle Dog is a moderate shedder. 
 
Grooming Needs
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Due to their short, easy-care coat,the Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
 
Health
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Australian Catttle Dogs have a history of eye and joint issues. There needs to routine check-ups on eyes and bones.
 
Exercise Needs
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The Australian Cattle Dog requires a signoficant amount of exercise. In order to keep this breed happy and healthy, pet parents with this type of will need to provide continuous exercise and mental stimulation.

Good with Children
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The Australian Cattle Dog loves children, but has a tendency to be nippy. Teaching your chold how to play with your dog properly will reduce this behavior.

Barking
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Barking is not generally a problem with Australian Cattle Dogs.
 

What You Need to Know About Australian Cattle Dogs

Behavior:
The Australian Cattle Dog is extremely active and requires constant mental and physical activity to remain happy and healthy. If your Australian Cattle Dog becomes bored or lonely, he is likely to become extremely destructive. He will begin chewing and tearing up the house. The common saying "a tired dog is a good dog" pertains to this dog perfectly.

The Australian Cattle Dog is extremely protective of any area or item he considers his and he is ready to defend it at any time. He is not aggressive with strangers, but he is reserved and keeps to himself if around someone he does not know. He is extremely devoted to his owner, though. He is so faithful he will follow the owner anywhere happily enjoying any and every activiy. He views seperation from his pet parent as punishment.

Training: 
The Australian Cattle Dog is intelligent; however, he is very stuck in his ways and very stubborn. Consistent, positive reinforcement training is highly recommended with this breed.

Grooming:
The Australian Cattle Dog does require a huge grooming routine. A weekly brushing is sufficient to distribute the oils from his skin throughout his fur to maintain a healthy skin and coat.

Health Problems:
  • Allergies- Australian Cattle Dogs often have food or skin allergies. Environmental contributers to allergies include: grass, dust, pollen, household cleaners, detergents.
  • Hip Dysplasia (as found in many large dog breeds)
  • Retnial Atrophy - progressive loss of vision. This is something that is develops early on and can lead to blindness.
  • von Willebrand Disease- Australian Cattle Dogs often have this common blood disease. So when your dog is bleeding, this disease makes it hard for their blood to clot and the bleeding to stop.
  • Elbow Displaysia-  This is something that can occur from an uncommon gene pair. It will cause lesions to arise in the joint and movement in the elbow joint will begin to decrease.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Australian Cattle Dogs

  1. HIp Dysplasia
  2. Deafness
  3. Cataracts - clouding of normal vision
  4. Elbow Dysplasia
  5. von Willebrand Disease
  6. Glaucoma - eye disease that damages vision
  7. Allergies
  8. Retinal Atrophy
  9. Persistant Pupillary Membrane - fetal membrane remains in the pupil
  10. Liver Shunt - normal flow of blood through the liver is reduced
  11. Osteochondrosis - limited development of normal bone growth

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