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Australian Cattle Dog / Akita Mix

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Is the Australian Cattle Dog / Akita Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The pairing between an Australian Cattle Dog and an Akita isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue. Get to know the animal before you decide to adopt, because it could present some serious challenges to the average dog owner.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Heeler / Akita mix is likely to be an energetic, good-sized dog. Whether or not it resembles the Heeler or the Akita more seems to be a matter of chance.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, the Akita is bringing the DNA of a dominant pack animal that will test you to see if you're really the alpha. The Heeler DNA brings a ton of energy, a desire to roam, and a need to do something useful. Don't expect to leave this mix alone in a small apartment. They thrive on something to do and places to go. A bored dog will be a problem dog.

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