Australian Cattle Dog Breed Profile


The Australian Cattle Dog is a very high energy breed with a highly active mind. This breed was made to herd cattle ducks, chickens, humans, cars, pigeons and anything else it can think of. If you are not careful, this dog can become extremely bored and resort to destructive behavior.

Family/Child Friendly

The Australian Cattle Dog is a good breed with children and family. However, supervision must be around children at all times, as this dog has a tendency to herd children like cattle and sheep. With proper socialization, this breed of dog can get along with any other pet as well.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of this breed is around 11 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets can live up to 20 years or longer. The average weight of your Australian Cattle Dog is around 32 to 35 lbs.

Common Diseases

As lovable as this breed of dog is, they are not without their fair share of health problems. Some problems include but are not limited to spondylosis, elbow dysplasia, arthritis, pyometra, infertility, false pregnancy and blindness.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

This breed of dog is an average shedder, requiring brushing every other day at worst case scenario. Bathe this breed only as needed, as the Australian Cattle Dog can usually take care of their own grooming. Housebreaking is difficult if not impossible with this breed due to its stubbornness.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not suitable for the apartment or condo dweller, nor is it suitable for the frequent traveler. Best owner has a yard to romp and play in and lots of love and attention to give on a regular basis. If ignored, they can resort to destructive behavior.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning this breed of dog does not come cheaply. The average cost of one of these dogs ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 or more. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Since this is a herding breed of dog, its natural herding instincts of herding cattle by snipping at the legs may be mistaken for aggression when it tries to herd humans and children in the same manner. Other than that, this breed of dog is generally not an aggressive animal. However, if abused or neglected, aggression can present itself.

Noise Factor

I have not been able to find anything on the noise factor or lack thereof. If any of you have information on this please email me.

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