Living with and Australian Cattle Dog is a serious commitment. Whether you wish to have your dog as a working partner, companion, or performance partner; you will need to consider several things. The breed is intelligent, active, and versatile. With proper breeding and care, the dog will probably live 10 to 15 years and be an active participant in your life for most of that time.
The breed does shed continually and requires regular brushing. It is not a quiet dog and will alert bark to any changes in the environment. They require regular exercise and training, of course. However, they usually accompany you wherever you go throughout your day including the restroom, bedroom, and kitchen. Few ACD owners complain of loneliness, lack of companionship, or a deficit of attention. The dogs are always aware of their environment.
In competition, this attention may look to the outside observer as if the dog is not being attentive to its owner. However, the dogs are usually acutely aware of their owner’s comfort level with competition as well as anything going on in the entire area.
The breed is by nature geared to meet force with force. While they also have the inbred intelligence to learn when this force is necessary, they often need proper handling, training, and time. They can learn not to herd human feet or nip at things going through portals such as doors and gates though most of them will need to be taught proper behavior early on. Taking on an Australian Cattle Dog puppy is not for wimps. It will be a life-altering experience each and every time a new ACD puppy enters your life.
Sharing your life with more than one ACD is also quite a change. It is recommended you talk with owners of multiple ACDs to determine whether or not you should add another dog to your family and what age and sex would be best for your lifestyle.
Because the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd, and herd with force, by biting, he is a mouthy dog. His instinct is to nip cattle, children, pets, cars, anything that moves. He has a strong tendency to bite, even in play. This tendency must be properly directed with socialization and training when he’s a puppy, or it can turn into dangerous behavior.
Another part of the breed’s instinct is his strong prey drive. He’s fascinated by squirrels, cats, and other small animals. If the Australian Cattle Dog is raised from puppyhood with other pets, including cats, he can be trusted to live peacefully with them in his home. He’s likely to consider those outside his household to be fair game, though.
The Australian Cattle Dog is generally friendly, but he is protective of his family and home turf, and he tends to be wary of strangers.
There is a toughness about the Australian Cattle Dog — he had to be tough to handle the high temperatures, rough terrain, and long distances involved in his job on ranches — that makes him both highly tolerant of pain and intensely focused. He’ll keep working even when he’s injured. Owners must pay careful attention to this breed to make sure he stops working or competing if he gets hurt.
ACD puppies will amaze you with their tenacity, speed, and ingenuity.
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