Also known as the Australian or Blue Heeler, this highly intelligent, affectionate breed was developed by early settlers to help tend vast tracts of Australian ranch land. They are loyal and trustworthy, but do not take easily to strangers. As well, like other working dogs of this type, the medium-build herder needs exercise and a job. They can become fractious or depressed if kept idle for prolonged periods. They enjoy competitions, sporting events, and make great running buddies.
1. Australian Cattle Dogs 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Australian Cattle Dog Temperament and Training
3. Australian Cattle Dog Diet and Feeding
Australian Cattle Dog Diet
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Australian Cattle Dog Weight
Australian Cattle Dogs generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Australian Cattle Dogs. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Australian Cattle Dog with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.