History: The Australian Cattle Dog originated in Australia in the 19th century. They were bred to herd cattle on long ranches. In 1860 the Hall’s heeler, Australian kelpie, and the Dalmatian were mixed to create the Australian Cattle Dog we see today.
Temperament: The Australian Cattle Dog is extremely active and loyal. They are protective of their territory and can be wary of strangers. This breed is highly intelligent but tends to be stubborn and willful. An Australian Cattle Dog requires an owner who is consistent, firm, and willing to work the dog physically and mentally. Because they have higher energy, taking this dog for a daily walk and doing daily obedience training would be recommended. Having your Australian Cattle dog meet and many people and dogs as possible will benefit as they get older. They have the tendencies to have their herding instincts to kick in while playing children and other dogs.
Health/Grooming: The Australian Cattle Dog has a double coat with a weather resistant outer coat and a dense under coat. They do not shed year round but instead they blow their coat once or twice a year. Brushing them weekly to help distribute oils and remove dirt from fur. During shedding season, you may need to brush more frequently and only bathe when needed. The Australian Cattle dog is more likely to have health concerns including progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia and deafness. Confirming that the breeder has the dogs OFA and CERF certified will confirm they were tested for these issues.