Needing info on Cattle Dogs

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Sharna *2000- - Sep 2007*

Sharna Banana - mum's angel
Barked: Fri Oct 12, '07 6:31pm PST 
Well we live in Australia so cattle dogs are very easy to come by over here. I do know some information about Cattle Dogs but I am no expert. My dog Sharna passed away a month ago and we are looking for another dog. I am looking into Cattle Dogs and I would just like some information from some people that actually own cattle dogs.

P to the E to- the N-N-Y!
Barked: Fri Oct 19, '07 10:42am PST 
Cattle Dogs are very smart and very high energy! Esp. when young pups... I would start obedience training early to help keep them "occupied" mentally. I have relied on a durable Frisbee and walks to tire them out (remember - a tired puppy is a good puppy!).

These are velcro-dogs who love their owners and bond closely with them. They can be suspicious of strangers and other dogs, so early socialization is a must. The only drawback to the breed is the mountains of hair that they shed! shock

Whoopie- ti-yi-yo,git- along little- doggy!
Barked: Sat Oct 20, '07 1:08am PST 
We've had several cattle dogs when I was growing up, and they are my favorite. I will probably never have another breed.

They are extraordinarily smart, and must be mentally stimulated or else they will create their own fun. Tillie pruned all the low branches off of our fruit trees in the yard the first few months she was here. She also destuffed all of our seat cushions, the backyard swing cushion, all squeaky toys, and if so much as a paper bag was left within reach, you could count on it being shredded into bits. Our lawn looked like it had snow on it from the debris field created by Tillie at 10 months of age.

High energy...definitely! The perfect dog to take jogging with you. They can go all day and never seem to get tired. Then when you get home, they crash. Even then, your typical walk was not enough for her...so I bought her a backpack and put water bottles on each side...that helped quite a bit.

They are tough dogs, and handle bumps and bruises extraordinarily well. They are very resilient. I've seen them get horribly kicked by a cow, and then just come back for more. Fearless.

That being said, they are such rewarding pups to own. They are typically a one person dog, and loyal to the end. People have told me they are hard to train because they are stubborn and have their own agenda...but that has not been my experience. Tillie and I can walk down the street off leash without incident. On hikes off leash, she tends to wander, but always comes when she is called. She definitely likes to know where her human is at all times. She is so willing to please, and learns very quickly. She sticks to me like glue. She gets along well with everyone, but if she is in her yard, she becomes very territorial. While she is very people friendly, I don't doubt for a minute she would protect me if I was in danger.

I would recommend if you get one, get one that is on the young side and socialize him/her right away. I adopted Tillie at 10 months of age, and immediately began taking her with me everywhere, exposing her to as many different situations as possible. As a result, nothing really phases her. She even likes to watch fireworks.


Barked: Sun Oct 28, '07 9:16am PST 
I so agree about them being "velco-dogs"!! Mine sticks by me 24 hours a day....I can't even go to the bathroom in peace! lol

They are very energetic dogs and need a lot to do to keep them occupied. If they get bored, they will get destructive.

Good luck in finding a cattle dog!

Watch out - It's the Kiss- Monster!
Barked: Tue Nov 6, '07 5:40pm PST 
Cattle dogs are very good dogs. But, beacause to herd cattle they nip at their heels, theey may try to nip at yours( I've got proflaugh out loud ) They are high energy, and need exersize. For some good info go to http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/australiancattledog.htm
Hope you get one. From a shelter perhaps?

Wana go outside- ?!?!?
Barked: Wed Nov 14, '07 1:30pm PST 
Cattle dogs are wonderfull and also very energetic .Keep in mind a bord cattle dog tends to get into trouble. If you have the time and energy that this breed needs it will be a great match. Best of luck to you!

"So, what's in- it for me??"
Barked: Fri Nov 16, '07 6:12pm PST 
I would just add my agreement to what has been said. Our two are very people orientated, don't really play with other dogs - except maybe to 'gang-up and chase!' (we probably didn't socialise them enough with others when puppies)
They are either full on full of energy if we walk them, take them tothe dog park etc, or complete sloths lying around the house at home. They do need company and lots of stimulation/exercise. Yes they are intelligent - we have one (our boy) who is pretty good on being compliant and doing what we want/ask, and our little girl who has had the exact same experiences and training as the boy who uses her 'intelligence' to suit herself and make up her own sweet mind whether she will listen or notconfused - she is more food orientated and will do stuff if she thinks there is something in it for her.
I would recommend getting a ACD if you are home alot to keep him/her company, and/or can spend alot of time on training/walking/playing . And to socialise them with all kind of people and other dogs early and alot as well as starting positive training in the behaviours you expectthe moment you get them.

They do seem to shed alot - but they hardly eat anything (compared to some other breeds) so that is an advantage.

Rusty- Wiggles

I'm Very Very- Wiggly!!!
Barked: Sun Nov 18, '07 8:43am PST 
Here is a great group you can join to learn all about cattle dogs!


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Barked: Fri Nov 23, '07 8:25pm PST 
This is our first cattle dog and I agree with everything that has been said. Sierra went through training right away and did great for a while, however because of their nature to protect and be bossy it is very important to make sure you let them know who is the alpha. We had problems with Sierra guarding her food and her things like her leash and other things. We took her to a trainer and she said that we needed to make sure that we gave her a job to do or keep her busy because when she is not, she finds her own things to do, and that was not always good.

They are stubborn and known to be deaf because the mixture of breeds that make up an Australian Cattle Dog. We have trained with hand signals, but I know she hears certain things.

She is the smartest dog that I have ever had and a loyal pet and would protect me at any cost which can also be a downfall if you do not understand how to approach this trait.

All in all they are wonderful dogs.hug

Fast Women Have- Good Times!
Barked: Wed Nov 28, '07 8:01pm PST 
australian cattle dogs are great and i know there is some difference b/w american and australian but if this is your first herding breed and you really want one i seriously suggest some research because they can be sooo stubborn they need serious excercise everyday. get a cattle do and get some agility equipment or a cow or flyball or a bike to ride with it all of which we have tried and ended up doing agility, biking and her riding with me when i horse back ridewishes
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