The Australian Cattle Dog breed is a very cute herding dog breed. While their history is somewhat unclear, it is believed that a breed of herding dog was bred with a dingo on the way to the modern day breed. As we shift closer to the Australian Cattle Dog that we know and love today we found them being raised in Australia throughout the 1800’s.
In Australia they were utilized as drover dogs. If you are not familiar with the term drover this is a task that requires moving cattle long distances. Australian farmers were having trouble moving their livestock long distances. This was where the Australian Cattle Dog came in and saved the day. Their high levels of energy and excellent nipping abilities made them the ideal animal for the task. Now farmers could move their cattle many miles with little trouble.
Is the Australian Cattle Dog for you?
As you can imagine this breed has loads and loads of energy. Spending long days helping move cattle towards the market was hard work. So you will need to get this breed the proper amount of exercise. This can be done in a variety of manners that include taking your dog out for long walks, taking them to the dog park, or even a doggy treadmill.
If you have a full time job it is probably not the best idea to get an Australian Cattle Dog. They can become bored and irritated if they don’t get enough exercise.
This extra energy can also lead to some playful biting especially when your Australian Cattle Dog is young. It is important for you to try and disassociate biting and play time. Preventing this in the early years is something that you will want to do and is crucial.
They are a very friendly dog breed especially when you train them properly. If you are looking for a good family dog the Australian Cattle Dog could be a nice match. The nipping can be an issue with kids however and is something you need to be careful with.
Australian Cattle Dogs don’t shed very much. Don’t expect yours to shed more than once or twice a year.
Based on these characteristics, we give the Australian Cattle Dog a rating of 7 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a relatively smaller dog breed. Their height falls within the range of 17 to 20 inches when standing on all fours. They are not extremely imposing which allows for kids to be more comfortable approaching them. This smaller height range will show that Australian Cattle Dogs will all be relatively close in size.
In addition their weight is not very heavy at all as they will only weigh between 31 and 35 pounds. This height and weight leaves the Australian Cattle Dog categorized as a medium to smaller sized dog breed.
Australian Cattle Dog - Final Thoughts
The Australian Cattle Dog is definitely one of the most energetic dog breeds that you will find. We always want to make sure that owners know what they are getting into when selecting this breed.
If you have a family lifestyle with kids looking for a breed that’s always up to play this very well could be the breed for you. With not much shedding this breed won’t create too many hairy messes around your home or apartment. Finally, if you are planning on bringing your Australian Cattle Dog into an apartment make sure they can get outside often.