Category: Herding Dogs
Facts about Australian Cattle Dog, "Scientific name for Australian Cattle Dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". In the 1800s the Australians, began crossing Dingo-blue merle Collies to Black and Tan Kelpies and Dalmatians. The dog that was breed was a dog identical in build and type of the Dingo, but only had a thicker set markings, and also a fantastic herder and worker. Originally Known as the Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, or Queensland Heeler and the Blue. This dog is not only tough, but also smart and loyal.
The Australian Cattle Dog breed proves itself to be an intelligent, active, sharp and sturdy one. It was primarily developed by Australian Settlers and its primary work included handling herds of cattle. The Australian Cattle Dog is still used these days as herding dog. It watches and doesn’t allow the herd to disperse. The Australian Cattle Dog possesses a weakness for doing something hence a job seeker. They don’t need much rest and get bored when they don’t get enough work or roam-around to do.
The number one heath problems amongst Australian Cattle Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Australian Cattle Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails.The Australian Cattle Dog can be prone to certain health problems such as Deafness, Hip Dysplasia and (PRA) Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a water and weather-resistant outer coat that is straight and short haired with its dense undercoat. The Australian Cattle Dog usually only sheds twice a year. In just a couple of weeks, the undercoat sheds fast in bunches.
Features and color
The Australian Cattle Dog has a black nose and dark brown, medium-sized eyes that's shape is oval. The teeth should meet in a scissor-bite. The Australian Cattle Dog's colors are red speckle, Blue-mottled, blue speckled and includes blue, black, or tan markings on the head and usually tan on the chest, forelegs, throat and tan on the hind legs and jaw. The undercoat can be tan with a blue outer coat. Red speckle means that it is red all over, including its undercoat and this means it usually has dark red markings on the head.
The Australian Cattle Dog likes to be involved in all family activities. They are good at canine sports such as test of agility, obedience, fly ball and flying disc catching etc.
The average height of the Australian Cattle Dog male is 17 to 20 inches (43.2 to 50.8 cm) and the average height of the female is 16 to 19 inches (40.6 to 48.2 cm). The average weight is 30 to 63 pounds (13.6 to 28.5 kg).
As the Australian Cattle Dog breed strives to get involved in energy burning activities, it stays active and alert, both physically and mentally. The Australian Cattle Dog needs to be given regular jobs to do so that it would get tired eventually which in turn keeps it away from trouble.
A Australian Cattle Dogs can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
Average body temperature for a Australian Cattle Dog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
A Australian Cattle Dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
Nipping and biting being the natural instinct of the Australian Cattle Dog, proper training holds a major place in its habitual life. Training along with socialization in controlled environment and supervision can only minimize this potentially dangerous attitude.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Australian Cattle Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult dogs they have 42 teeth. Female Australian Cattle Dogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Australian Cattle Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month. Female Australian Cattle Dogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born
Devoted to its owner, the Australian Cattle Dog is called as a “shadow” dog. It is very hard to separate it from its master. There is only one way in which this dog can be made to get along with children, they need to be raised along with the baby and other pets.
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality food every day, in two meals, once in day and once in bed time would be enough.
Coat and Grooming
The Australian Cattle Dog need to be brushed periodically. They have a weather resistant coat that is short and straight. The coat of the Australian Cattle Dog doesn’t shed throughout the year, instead it blows the coat once or twice a year.
If purchasing a Australian Cattle Dog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
The Australian Cattle Dog belongs in the Herding Group and in 1980 recognized (AKC) American Kennel Club. The fear of a dog Cynophobia.
Only humans and dogs have prostates, But a dog doesn't have an appendix. Australian Cattle Dogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people.
Australian Cattle Dog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. A Australian Cattle Dog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Australian Cattle Dog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Australian Cattle Dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot. Australian Cattle Dogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
An Dog sees in color and have better low light vision. Australian Cattle Dogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the dogs eye protected and moist. Dogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals