Australian Cattle Dog

Other names: Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Cattle Dog

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The Australian Cattle Dog is a rustic, medium-sized, compact and strong dog. The Australian Cattle Dog gives his master and his adoptive family all his great qualities as a protective and guard dog: his fidelity, his loyalty, his intelligence, his endurance. Add to that his great kindness and gentleness, as well as his docility. It is therefore a canine which amazes its adoptive family and which is equally suitable for couples without and with children. Because the latter will find their place in the company of this exceptional dog.



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Hair type Short
Origin Australia
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 43 cm to 48 cm
Male From 20 kg to 30 kg From 46 cm to 51 cm
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History of the breed

The breed of the Australian Cattle Dog was created with the aim of obtaining a dog suitable for work , mainly from the cattle which it is brought to lead over large areas in Australia. Little by little, the robustness, intelligence, endurance and bite of the dog were developed over the selections, resulting in the Australian Cattle Dog that we know today. It is most likely the result of the cross between the dingo, a wild dog from Australia and Southeast Asia, and different breeds of British Collies imported to Oceania. Further intakes of the Dalmatian and the black and tan Kelpie are also very possible. The current standard for the breed was established in October 2012.

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Physical features

His coat: smooth, with a dense and short undercoat, a tight, straight, hard topcoat, lying flat. All of this ensures good impermeability.
Its color: speckled blue (dominant color blue, marbled blue or speckled blue without other marks) or red trout (small red marks distributed all over the body, even on the undercoat).
His head: strong, in harmony with the general proportions of the body. The skull is large, slightly convex between the ears. The stop is light, but clear.
Its ears: of moderate size, broad at their base, erect, well apart at the attachment and reacting to the slightest noise.
His eyes: medium in size, oval in shape and dark brown in color. They display a lively and intelligent expression.
Its body: compact and harmonious as a whole, with a horizontal topline, a strong back, a broad and muscular kidney, a long and sloping croup, as well as a well let down and moderate width chest.
Its tail: length reaching the hock, well furnished with hair, set moderately low, hanging and slightly curved at rest, raised in alert.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Australian Cattle Dog is an attentive dog, alert, intelligent, courageous, reliable and driven by a fairly strong instinct for protection . He is docile with his master , but wary of people he does not know. His characteristic gaze also clearly means that he is on his guard in the presence of strangers. The Australian Cattle Dog is built for the job. His original duties are to watch and guide cattle, but he is equally at home as a companion, watchdog and agility dog.

He is therefore very suspicious of strangers . He is always on the alert, on the alert , ready to intervene to defend his adoptive family. He is courageous and trustworthy , loyal and very loyal . He is very gentle and does not emit any aggressiveness even if he knows how to defend himself if necessary. A great playmate for children. Foolproof reliability.

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He is intelligent, lively and blessed with remarkable understanding . The education of the Australian Cattle Dog must be firm , but without balance of power. He is generally obedient and assimilates his learning well . In addition, he instinctively seeks work and puts all his abnegation into it. He must be socialized very early to avoid conflicts that can arise in adulthood with his congeners. Do not hesitate to take it for a walk in town or in public places so that it can soak up the outside atmosphere and thus let it lower its guard in the presence of intruders.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Due to its origins, the Australian Cattle Dog does not adapt very well to living in an apartment. This canine needs spaces to spend physically. A house with a large fenced garden would make her happy . The Australian Cattle Dog is intended more for active owners who can offer enough exercise. He is tireless and will be happy to follow his master when jogging or cycling.


Ease of gaining weight

The Australian Bouvier is a dog with a robust constitution that does not fear much in terms of climatic conditions. However, two hereditary pathologies which may concern this breed should be detected: congenital deafness and progressive retinal atrophy . In some cases, it is also fragile in the hip area where dysplasia may appear.

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Litter size

Between 1 and 7 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of an Australian Cattle Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely easy to care dog. Her dress made of short hairs just needs to be kept clean and healthy in order to maintain its waterproofness. Only regular maintenance is necessary.

Brushing this type of dog should be done regularly. The cleanliness of its eyes and ears should be monitored , as well as that of its paws after outings in rural or forest areas.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of an Australian Cattle Dog is between 900 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,100
1200 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Australian Cattle Dog is between € 1,100 and € 1,200.

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The diet of the Australian Cattle Dog must be in line with its daily energy expenditure. He can be satisfied with human food as well as high quality kibble . Do not hesitate to take advice from a veterinarian.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Australian Cattle Dog is by nature an active and independent dog . He therefore needs long daily walks and some outings in open areas (countryside, forests, etc.). He also appreciates being able to indulge in various games and activities such as agility events.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1972


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