Belonging to the AKC’s Herding Group, the Australian Cattle Dog is a hard-working canine that also makes a wonderful family pet. Australian Cattle Dogs are alert and inquisitive with a happy and pleasant disposition. They are medium sized dogs that stand 17-20 inches tall on average and weigh 35-50 pounds. The average lifespan of an Australian Cattle Dog is 12-16 years.
Australian Cattle Dogs are moderately affectionate with family members. However, they are not clingy and maintain some degree of independence. You can expect an Australian Cattle Dog to get along reasonably well with other dogs in the household. This breed is good with young children but does not have the tolerance and patience that you find in some breeds.
Prospective owners of Australian Cattle Dogs should keep in mind that these are very high energy dogs who require a lot of physical activity and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Therefore, they do well with active families and individuals, for example, those who go for a run every day, which allows these dogs to burn off their energy. Of course, they are excellent on working farms where there are animals to herd. Australian Cattle Dogs are trainable, which is not surprising given that they are working dogs. The Australian Cattle Dog only barks to alert on most occasions.
Australian Cattle Dogs are neither completely reserved nor extremely friendly with strangers. Their vigilant nature makes them very good watchdogs. They are moderately playful and can adapt to changing schedules.
Australian Cattle Dog’s short, smooth, double coat requires very little care with only a weekly brushing necessary. These dogs do shed twice a year, but they are not big droolers.
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