The Australian Cattle Dog stands out for its symmetry, musculature and strength. It is a work dog that can be suspicious of strangers, but manageable. Own. Linda Bernard and The Ruben Hortas.

As an authentic work dog, the Australian Cattle Dog suggests strength, agility and resistance in a compact and well built wrapping. The skull is wide, slightly rounded between the ears; the cheeks, muscular but not too full; the muzzle, well developed and full under. The eyes are oval shaped, not prominent or sunken. The ears, medium sized; small ears are preferable than too big ears. The upper line is straight; the back, strong, the torso, long and sloping, the chest deep and with a well rounded rib cage. The tail is low inserted and medium sized. The coat is smooth, medium texture, with short and thick undercoat. The Australian Cattle Dog is mottled in blue or in red; patches in black, tan, red or blue are desirable in the head, but never in the body. In blue specimens, a tan undercoat is allowed. Height: 43 to 50 cm.
Good family and home protector, the Australian Cattle Dog is an outdoor lover, and not very adequate to live a domestic life. The owner should be firm and decisive, since it is a shepherd with a strong temperament, more than any other shepherd dog. Discipline is essential from young age. Despite rumors of it being a savage breed, it is balanced and protector. It is a super adaptable and versatile that gives much satisfaction to its family’s members; it loves to work, play and rest along with its people. It usually prefers to be the only dog in the family.

The Australian Cattle Dog puppy weighs about 3 to 5.5 kg at seven or eight weeks. Maturity is not reached until it is two years old, even later in some males. It grows quickly between 9 and 12 months, and in this period it might seem leggy. The exercise should be adapted, as well as nutritional needs. Fortunately the breed is known for its good appetite. Puppies are usually born white. The desired blue or red patches usually appear after two weeks. The young dog can have two or three, alarming, sheds according to some breeders, where they lose all their external hair and the undercoat. Character changes are also frequent during adolescence, especially in periods where they lack self confidence. Breeders advise that the owner is consistent and reassuring, especially during these “fear” periods. The dewclaws in the hind legs are decidedly undesirable, as well as a too short tail, curled, high carried and a weak back.
The puppy will grow along with its ears, which can take up to nine months. Show intended puppies should not have cupped nor bat ears.

At eight weeks, the Australian Cattle Dog is a robust puppy with tremendous desire to do things and please. The puppy needs activity to keep its legs, jaws and imagination busy.

Probably due to their wide genetic base and severe selectivity at the beginning due to their work qualities, the Australian Cattle Dog practically does not suffer genetic abnormalities, and is not very prone to disease, not even to cancer. Progressive retinal atrophy and deafness can be of concern in the breed. The owner’s largest responsibility is selecting the right type, since defects such as being too compact, in the shoulders or too straight thighs, open or closed hamstrings could cause complications when the dog gets older. Kidney stones are reported. The undercoat brushing is essential to avoid skin problems such as eczema. Longevity is between 9 and 12 years.

These two little ones were born completely white: a few weeks later its mottled blue coloring appeared.