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Australian Cattle Dog

Overall satisfaction

3.25/5

Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)

Gender: Male

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

4/5

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

4/5

Safe with small pets

0/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

1/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

3/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

4/5

A Great Family Dog, If You Treat Them Right

By

Canada

Posted October 27, 2015

The Good: Cattle dogs are good at everything. They were and still are used for livestock herding, especially sheep and cows. They hearty dogs that are great for active families. They are very intelligent and pick up on things very quickly. They're extremely versatile and are able to do a variety of different dog sports, excelling at most. They are very good family dogs because they tend to hook in to one person or one space very quickly.

The Bad: These dogs are very smart, and much like border collies and labs, become destructive when they are bored or feel ignored. They have very powerful jaws, meaning they can rip apart almost everything. They are a very headstrong dog, and if mistreated can become aggressive. While a properly socialized and well-balanced cattle dog can be an amazing babysitter, should still be supervised when interacting with small children because of their propensity for aggression. They are not extremely patient dogs, and if mistreated can become extremely fearful and hostile. This leads to other problems like food and crate guarding.

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