The Australian Cattle Dog thrives when it has a job to do and is constantly a part of all family activities. This breed was developed to handle herds of cattle on large Australian properties. Sometimes they would herd with force by biting, and as such these dogs have a tendency to bite and can be very mouthy. It is of paramount importance to socialise and train them starting at an early age to prevent them from any dangerous behaviour. Australian Cattle Dogs are not couch potatoes by any means and would much rather prefer to be active and busy in the outdoors. Devoted to their owners, its normal for them to attach to one person and bond less closely with others. There is a particular toughness about them that you will love and admire about them.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
It is best to allow for the Australian Cattle Dog to live in a home with a spacious back yard. They love activity and challenges so its best to provide a space that allows for this activity. Do not leave them alone for extended periods of time - they are mouthy dogs that can be destructive. Handle their tendency for biting habits carefully with training.
Common Health Issues
Australian Cattle Dogs are prone to: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hip Dysplasia, Deafness.