Australian Cattle Dog



Like many working dogs, Australian Cattle Dogs have high energy levels and active minds. The breed ranks
10th in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, rated as one of the most intelligent dogs ranked by obedience
command trainability. Cattle Dogs need plenty of exercise, companionship and a job to do, so non-working dogs
need to participate in dog sports, learning tricks, or other activities that engage their body and mind.

When on home ground, Australian Cattle Dogs are happy, affectionate, and playful pets. However, they are
reserved with strangers and naturally cautious in new situations. Their attitude to strangers makes them perfect
guard dogs, when trained for this task, and family pets can be socialised to become accustomed to a variety of
people from an early age. They are good with older, considerate children, but are known to herd people by
nipping at their heels, particularly younger children who run and squeal. By the time puppies are weaned, they
should have learned that the company of people is pleasurable, and that responding to cues from a person is
rewarding, bringing a friendly voice, a pat, an interesting activity, or food. The bond that this breed can create
with its owner is very strong and will leave the dog feeling very protective towards the owner; typically resulting in
the dog's never being too far from the owner's side. Aggression in Australian Cattle Dogs is more likely to be
directed at strangers than owners or dogs.

To relieve the urge to nip, the dogs can be encouraged to pick up and chew a toy or carry objects such as a ball
or a basket, and they can be taught bite control from an early age. They are ‘mouthy’ dogs that will use their
mouths to attract attention, or to occupy themselves. Any toy left with them needs to be extremely robust if it is to

While Australian Cattle Dogs generally work silently, they will bark in alarm or to attract attention. They have a
distinctive intense, high-pitched bark which can be particularly irritating. Barking can be a sign of boredom or
frustration; however research shows that pet dogs increase their vocalisation when raised in a noisy

Australian Cattle Dogs respond well to familiar dogs, however the establishing of a pecking order in a multi-dog
household can result in a few scuffles. If a Cattle Dog is put in any situation where it feels threatened or
challenged, it can respond with aggressiveness towards other dogs.
The Blue Heeler from Down Under, the Australian Cattle Dog shines as the nation’s pride and joy, a
most versatile and fearless working dog that knows no bounds as a herder and companion dog.
Developed to work cattle, as his name implies, the Australian Cattle Dog today performs flawlessly in
many arenas: on ranches and farms as a tireless herder; in dog shows as a Best in Show winner; at
obedience, herding and agility trials as a multi-title holder; and in homes as a prized family member.
For the active family able to provide the AuCaDo with the structure, training and attention he requires,
this remarkable breed will provide many years of quality companionship.

This new book provides insightful chapters on the breed’s history in Australia, characteristics and
standard as well as puppy selection, grooming, health care and feeding. The new owner will welcome
advice about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for the pup’s arrival, housebreaking and preventing
puppy problems. Not only well written and informative but also beautifully illustrated with over 135 color
photographs, this book will prove an excellent resource for all owners of the Australian Cattle Dog.
Helpful hints and important information are highlighted to provide easy access to everything the reader
needs to know about life with an AuCaDo from puppyhood to the senior years.
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