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Australian Cattle Dog Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Australian Cattle Dog
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from
Australia
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
50cm (20in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
20kg (45lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
15 years
Group:
The domestic group such as cat or dog
Herd Dog
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Grey, Red, Black
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
5
Temperament:
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Strong minded yet loyal and loving
Training:
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Should be trained from an early age and respond best to firm and fair training

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Australian Cattle Dog

Like many herding dogs, Cattle Dogs have high energy levels and active minds. They need plenty of exercise and a job to do, so non-working dogs need to participate in dog sports, learning tricks, or other activities that engage their body and mind.

Some individuals find repetitive training frustrating and dull, so owners should aim to make training sessions varied and more exciting in order to keep their dog interested. Cattle Dogs who do not receive the appropriate exercise and entertainment will invent their own, often destructive, activities. These dogs are, by nature, wary. They are naturally cautious, and grow more so as they age. Their cautious nature towards strangers makes them perfect guard dogs, when trained for this task.

Cattle Dogs drive cattle by nipping at their heels or tails, but they have also been known to herd other animals.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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