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Australian Cattle Dogs

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

Where Do Australian Cattle Dogs Rank

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.
Dog Breed Ranking - 8
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.
Dog Breed Rating - 4
The Australian Cattle Dog is a moderate shedder. 
Grooming Needs
Dog Breed Rating - 2
The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming. 
Rating- 6
The Australian Cattle Dog, while smaller than many large breed dogs, still suffers from a high risk of hip dysplasia, as well as eye conditions like retinal atrophy, and auditory issues such as deafness . 
Exercise Needs
Rating - 8
The Australian Cattle Dog requires a significant amount of exercise. In order to keep this breed happy and healthy, pet parents with this type of breed will need to provide continuous exercise and mental stimulation.

Good with Children
Dog Breed Rating - 6
The Australian Cattle Dog loves children but has a tendency to be nippy. Teaching your child how to play with your dog properly will reduce this behavior.

Dog Breed Rating- 1
Barking is generally not a large problem with this dog. 

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What You Need to Know About Australian Cattle Dogs

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 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 devoted he will follow him anywhere he goes happily and enjoys any and every activity. He views separation from his pet parent as punishment. 

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.

The Australian Cattle Dog does not require a huge grooming routine. A weekly brushing is sufficient to distribute the oils from his skin throughout his fur to keep healthy skin and coat.

Health Problems:
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is abnormality of the hip joint and is often seen in medium to large breed dogs.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): PRA is a health condition which involves deterioration of the retina. Early in the disease, a dog may become night blind. As the disease progresses, your dog may lose eye sight completely.
  • Deafness: Deafness is a genetic condition common to the Australian Cattle Dog.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Australian Cattle Dogs

  1. Allergies
  2. Gastritis - inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the stomach lining
  3. Masses
  4. Conjunctivitis - pink eye
  5. Lacerations/Cuts
  6. Otitis - middle ear infection
  7. Periodontal Diease - infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone
  8. Arthritis
  9. Hip Dysplasia
  10. Lameness/Strain

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