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Australian Cattle Dog

Appearance

AKC Height:

Ideally, dogs 18" to 20" - bitches 17" to 19".

Colors:

There are only two recognized colors of Australian Cattle Dogs--blue (a combination of gray, black, and silver/white) and red (a combination of red, brown, and silver/white)--and both these colors must have an overlay of silver or white guard hairs. Markings include half and full masks (solid black on blue or solid red on red), the white forehead or Bentley mark, speckling or mottling, and ringed or solid tails. Eyes must be as dark brown as possible and full dentition with a scissors bite is required.

Basic Requirements

Australian Cattle Dogs need an average-sized yard with room to run and play. A strong, 6' fence is needed. Weekly brushing will help to control shedding.

Temperament

The Australian Cattle Dog temperament is aloof with strangers and instinctively protective of home and family. The Australian Cattle Dog is adaptable to whomever and whatever environment it encounters. This is not a breed for everyone. Talking with reputable owners, breeders and exhibitors is a must if planning on acquiring a puppy of this breed.

Australian Cattle Dog Housebreaking

Housebreaking requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful. PUPPY HOUSEBREAKING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/puppy-housebreaking/ ADULT MARKING AND RETRAINING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/dog-housebreaking-marking-page/

Health

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Watch for: hip dysplasia, deafness, and PRA.

Where to find puppies and adults

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.