Australian Cattle Dog is a dog with special skills. Unique in features, but partly in appearance. Able to withstand the greatest efforts to ride herd.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: HISTORY
Australian Cattle Dog is primarily used for keeping cattle, which was put out to pasture across the vast Australian surfaces. At that time the stock has become so stubborn that traditional breeds are not able to do their good work. It required the durable dog for a long journey through difficult terrain, in hot weather, but with all that, to control the herd.
In 1840 year, a man named Thomas Hall started breeding Collies. One dog was singled out, for skill, which had white markings on the head, what can be seen today. This breed was crossbred with other species. That was a dog, with the characteristics of shepherds. Durable, resistant and poised. Had of great importance for the industry of Queensland, and are named Queensland Blue Heeler, Australian Heeler and then at the end of Australian Cattle Dog. The standard for the breed was set up in 1897 year. It was recognized by the AKC in 1980 year and given an opportunity to be a show dog.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Australian Cattle Dog is a powerful, compact dog, with symmetrical body. No matter how difficult a task, this dog is willing to do the utmost to fulfill it. It represents an excellent combination of weight, strength, muscle and fitness. It has excellent versatility and durability. Weight breed is in the range from 33 lb to 49 lb, while the size is in the range from 17 inches to 20 inches.
HEAD: strong, balanced with the body, wide, slightly rounded between the ears, muscular cheeks.
EYES: oval, medium in size, the term intelligence, his eyes twinkle to warns an unknown person, dark brown.
EARS: medium size, wide at the base, muscular, moderately pointed, set on wide and far to the skull, well feathered.
TEETH: strong, large, well spaced, scissor bite.
NECK: extremely strong, muscular and of medium length, broad blend into the body.
PAWS: round, short fingers, strong, well arched, strong nails.
TAIL: low set, the length of the hock stands hung with a slight curve.
COAT: flat, double, dense under hair, the top layer sharp, hard and straight.
COLOR: black, blue, freckles, blue sprayed, with or without other markings.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Australian Cattle Dog is a very loyal dog with a developed instinct for protection. It is indispensable guard and assistant herders. It is naturally very suspicious of strangers and aggressive towards other dogs, but in keeping livestock must be submissive. Regardless of this, it is docile and very active. There are another significant feature, and that is courage.
Australian Cattle Dog is a dominant dog, which needs energetic and master space where it consumes energy. Excellent respond to all challenges. Running and longer training are very important parts of the day for this dog. Parable dressing shows a high level of obedience and intelligence, because it responds on all intellectual challenges.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Australian Cattle Dog is a very active dog. He needs daily physical activity. Even with the challenges of a high level of effort. Therefore requires a lot of space to move around. Not recommended for keeping them in the apartment, because due to lack of space and activities will begin to real damage. It’s just his nature.
On the other hand, is very loyal and attached to the family, and is in some ways an excellent pet. It would be ideal if you live in the countryside on a farm. In this environment, where they can show off their guards skills, your Australian Cattle Dog would be a very happy dog. It can live outdoors in temperate climates to fresh.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG SEEN BY CHILDREN
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Australian Cattle Dog has a coat that requires brushing or combing once a week to remove dead hair.
Of the common health problems, there is coronary artery disease, obsessive compulsive disorder and progressive retinal atrophy. Of rarer can occur cataract, lens dislocation, persistent pupillary membrane and von Willebrand disease.
Occasionally are recommended control hips, hearing and sight. The lifespan of the breed Australian Cattle Dog is 10 to 13 years.