Routine Care: Australian Cattle Dogs are very smart with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Very easy to groom, just run a brush through their coat once in a while. Their weather resistant coat needs its natural oils, so don't over bathe them.
Dental: Australian Cattle Dogs generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Give Australian Cattle Dogs a problem and they will solve it. They can work long and play hard.
- Well suited as a companion, family dog, or working dog
- Confident, steady, and fearless
- Plenty of stamina
- Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
- Well suited as a companion or working dog
- Small, but sturdy
Aggressive toward other animals
- Has a tendency to herd, including small children
- Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly
- Strong herding instinct can lead to chasing cars and small animals
- Determined and has a mind of her own
Whether you are considering adding a new Australian Cattle Dog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Australian Cattle Dog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Australian Cattle Dog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Australian Cattle Dog could encounter:
Australian Cattle Dogs were developed in the 1800's to protect and herd cattle under severe environmental conditions. Cattle Dogs are intelligent, loyal, devoted, courageous, and hard-working. Because they have strong protective instincts, they may be aggressive with other dogs and dominant with children. They should be socialized with children and pets while young. Cattle Dogs are good watch dogs, and enjoy human companionship. They have high exercise needs, and are best suited for families with an active lifestyle and a large fenced yard. Australian Cattle Dogs have a life span of 12-13 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Australian Cattle Dog shows signs of the following:
Lethargy, drooling, or abnormal behavior following drug administration
General reluctance to run or play
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
Bumping into objects, startles easily
Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy
Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not
Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs