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Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog isn't just tough, he's also smart and loyal.
Height: 17 to 20 inches at shoulder
Weight: 30 to 50 pounds
Coat: short and straight
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely intelligent, active, and sturdy dog. Developed by Australian settlers to handle herds of cattle on expansive ranches, he's still used today as a herding dog. He thrives on having a job to do and on being part of all family activities. He is loyal and protective of his family, though wary of outsiders. Besides herding work, the Australian Cattle dog does well at canine sports, including agility, obedience, rally, flyball, and flying disc competitions.
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General Characteristics
Amount of shedding
Apartment appropriate
Cold tolerance
Drooling potential
Ease at being home alone
Need for exercise
Predatory tendencies
Potential for weight gain
Easy to groom
Good for novice owners