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.
Daily kibble serving
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.