Cattle Dog is a sturdy, strong dog with great stamina and endurance. His
water-resistant double coat is short, smooth, and dense and comes in blue
or red speckle and may have various markings. Muscular and powerful,
this dog stands up to
20 inches tall at the shoulder and is a born worker with the agility,
strength, and willingness to carry out any task.
the Australian Cattle Dog can be aloof with strangers, he is absolutely
devoted to his owner. He is loyal, dependable, alert, and extremely
protective. As such, he makes an alert watchdog and watchful guardian of
his master, his family, his property, and his herd. He is courageous, bold, and
determined. This is a self-confident dog who is very capable of
independent thought and action. However, he was bred to work along side
his master and wants and needs his master's attention.
With a reputation for remarkable
intelligence, the Aussie is a headstrong dog who requires a strong,
capable owner and
early obedience training. It should be remembered that the Australian
Cattle Dog is a herder. His instinct is to round up anything that moves -
other pets, children, bicycles, even cars! To accomplish this, he will
naturally bite or nip at the ankles. This herding behaviour can be dealt
with through training. It is essential that this dog not become bored. He
needs a job and he will create one (which you may not like!) if you
don't give him lots of time and activities as a substitute.
Cattle Dog is an athletic dog who has the stamina to do his job however
long it takes. However, he has the agility to make quick and sudden
movements and the power for short bursts of speed. An ideal farm dog, he
is happiest in a rural or
semi-rural environment where he has lots of outdoor activities
to channel his drive for work. He is very active so daily exercise is
mandatory, as is a fenced yard.