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Australian Cattle Dog Breed Facts and Expert Inforamtion

Jun 13, 2008
Dog Breed Name:

Australian cattle dog

Dog Type:

AKC herding

Breed Size:

Medium

Average Adult Height:

20 inches

Average Adult Weight:

35 lbs

Availability:

The specie is easily available and can be found from Australia much easily.

Overview:

The dog which came into existence in the early nineteenth century is regarded as a very powerful and an intelligent dog and has helped thousand of farmers in herding. He has a unique resemblance to the hyenas which is very interesting feature about this dog.

Short History:

In the early nineteenth century when the individuals started moving to the Australian continent and found the land fertile they moved their herd of sheep and decided to move in to Australia but the normal dogs that they had did little to control the herds and adjust to the Australian climate and therefore these people experimented by crossing the old collies with other dogs and this is how the Australian cattle dog was formed. Since last century the dog has been known for his contribution as a sheep dog.

Description:

The Australian cattle dogs have a very interesting body features. The face is normally round shaped and is somewhat muscular. The eyes are not widely open and are thin but very sharp. The front legs are straight when viewed from the front and the tail is long which reached the hock. The coat is double layered with a dense coat form the inside and a thick one from the outside.

Temperament:

The dog is known for its intelligence and its amazing skills to control the sheep. It is used for herding and also known for its muscular features and amazing intelligence. The dog is a very friendly dog and it can be easily trained provided that the owner has the temperament to control him and train him. They can be very successful as the guard dogs too and they can be very happy when in crowd. They need to be with the family and not left alone in the backyard. They are very happy to play with the children and should therefore be kept with the children. They can prove to be ferocious to people or dogs that they don't know and therefore they should be socialized.

Common Ailments:

They are not very easy to handle and needs a lot of your attention. They are highly prone to hip dysplasia and to deafness. Deafness is their inherited disease and therefore they require regular checkups from the veterinary. If your dog becomes ferocious and shows some change in the behavior then you need to get him a check up for deafness.

Grooming/ Physical Needs

They do not require a lot of grooming since they are easy to handle and they can be easily groomed by brushing regularly and not much of the baths required. Since they are known as the cattle dogs therefore they require a lot of exercise. They should be taken on long walks and should also be let to run free in a wide area.

Special Abilities/Talents:

They are regarded as extremely excellent for herding but they can also prove to be very good guard dogs.
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