Australian Cattle Dog
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.