Australian Cattle Dog

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Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog Overview

If you’re looking for a couch potato of a dog, look away from the Australian Cattle Dog. Like their name suggests, Australian Cattle Dogs were bred to herd cows in the Australian countryside. They’re alert, intelligent and high energy dogs who are happiest when they’ve got a job to do. A bored Australian Cattle Dog is a destructive one. They need plenty of daily exercise and stimulation, and will start causing mischief around the house if they’re bored. 

Make sure to socialize and begin obedience training with your Australian Cattle Dog early, as an untrained dog can exhibit bad behaviours like barking and nipping at heels. They’ve got an incredible work ethic and are perfect companions to owners who love to regularly exercise outside. Australian Cattle Dogs are ultra loyal to their owners but can be wary towards strangers. While they’ve got nothing but love for their family, they’re not the most attention hungry dogs and are highly independent.

With a strong, athletic and compact build, these dogs are a lot mightier than their medium size lets on. They’re super agile and athletic, and love games that involve physical and mental stimulation. Australian Cattle Dogs come in two colours—red or blue—with a distinct mottled or speckled pattern. 

Did you know?

Australian Cattle Dogs are related to Australia’s wild dog breed, the Dingo.

Australian Cattle Dog Stats

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
17-20 in / 35-50 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-16 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Occasional brushing

Dog Food

Feeding your Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy pooches, meaning that they require a high caloric intake and may eat more than you expect them to. You may find yourself feeding your Australian Cattle Dog the recommended amount of food for a dog of their age and size and still have your dog looking a little thin. This doesn’t mean you should free feed your dog, however. Australian Cattle Dogs do well on most high-quality commercial dog foods, but make sure the first ingredient listed is a protein, not a grain or vegetable. Most adult Australian Cattle Dogs do well eating roughly one cup of kibble twice a day, while it’s better to feed puppies smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.  


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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