Non-sporting Breeds

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18-20 in (46-51 cm) Bitch:17-19 in (43-48cm)
Weight: 35-45 lb(15.5-20kg)
Coat: Smooth, hard, straight, water-resistant top coat; short, dense undercoat
Color: Blue, blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue, or tan markings on head, evenly distributed for preference; there are other marking requirements; or red speckled with or without darker red markings on head

The Australian Cattle Dog is a superb worker that drives herds by nipping at the cattle's heels. The breed traces back to the now-extinct Black Bobtail, which has been described as large and rather clumsy. In 1840, new blood was introduced, including that of the extinct Smithfield, the native Dingo, the Kelpie, the Dalmatian, and the blue merle Smooth Collie. The Dingo's contributions-keen sense of smell and hearing, stealth, speed, stamina, and tolerance of a dry, hot climate-helped to create this breed uniquely suited to the Australian outback. The addition of Kelpie made it an outstanding heeler as well. The Australian Cattle Dog is intelligent and good tempered. It is capable of covering immense distances and so requires considerable exercise. It benefits from a vigorous daily brushing.
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