The Australian Cattle Dog is, as its name suggests, a working dog by nature. Highly intelligent and renowned for its ability to herd cattle over a huge area, they also make an excellent guard dog.
Alert and courageous due to its breeding, the Australian Cattle Dog also possesses great stamina. Their suspicion of strangers makes them an excellent guard dog yet they are also known for their incredibly quiet nature, their bark is said to sound like a hooting owl. They do have a tendency to nip at heels, a remnant of their herding days, but with effective training and control this should not prove to be a problem. They are generally loyal companions and will become very attached to their family.
The Breed Standard states that the height at the withers must be 46-51cm for dogs and 43-48cm for bitches.
Very few congenital disorders with this breed, however care should be taken to groom them regularly to help avoid skin problems.
They grow rapidly into adulthood and as such you should adjust and manage their exercise accordingly to avoid damage to their joints and muscles.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.