Australian Cattle Dog: Health Issues & Personality
Australian Cattle Dog:

When Australian ranchers required a herding dog to help control the half-wild cattle and sheep, they set out to breed one.  The process began in the 1830's when a stockman named Timmins crossed a Smithfield (a tough but noisy working breed) with a Dingo.  Further crosses with Collies and Dalmations produced the Australian Cattle Dog, a breed posessing stamina, reliability, and uncanny intelligence (The are one of the easiest to train and top 10 most intelligent dogs). The Australian Cattle Dog was also developed to be a strong biting dog, one able to drive wild cattle over long distances.  Its speckled coat camouflages it when nipping at the bovine's legs.  Protecting its master's family and home is a responsibility the Australian Cattle Dog takes as seriously as squiring cattle.
Average Lifespan Of The Australian Cattle Dog: 12-15 years.
Average Weight: 33-51 lbs.
Inherited Health Disorders:


PPM (Persistant Pupillary Membrane).
Retinal Dysplasia (Detachment): A type of retinal deformation.
Malformed Eye Tunic (Scleral Ectasia): A thinning of the sclera or cornea, usually seen in Collies and related breeds.  The condition on its own is not serious, but it is usually associated with more serious eye diseases.
Exercise Requirements: 5/5
Affection Level: 4/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 2/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:

Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
Australian Cattle Dog
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