The blue and sometimes red coat Australian Cattle Dog is the result of cattle ranchers breeding native dingoes with a mindboggling number of other breeds. Finding a breed of dog that could handle large herds of cattle was one thing; finding one that had the stamina for the harsh working conditions and Australian climate was another.
Over a period of time the Australian Cattle Dog emerged and made its way as the premiere breed for the task. A stocky and confident type with a unique beguiling gaze, they could hold their ground against even the wiliest of cattle herds. The Australian Cattle Dog could also work way past the point other breeds gave in. While they can still be found chasing the herds, the Cattle Dog has also become a popular choice for those with active lifestyles. Individuals wanting a companion to take long walks or light jogs with will find just what their looking for in this breed. Many owners report that while their Cattle Dog can at times have a stubborn streak a mile wide, there is nothing better than having an intelligent dog in the house that will staunchly protect the household and all who are in it. Once the Cattle Dog attaches itself to an owner, he or she can look forward to having a traveling buddy where ever they go.
In order to deal with an animal much larger than itself, the Australian Cattle Dog must come off as fearless. A Cattle Dog will stand its ground even in the most precarious of situations. They were built to handle the wild Australian landscape and much of this tendency is still with them. Whether at home on a farm or in the suburbs, the Cattle Dog will be found herding anything it can, from other dogs to small children. A number of owners dock their Cattle Dog's tail but there is large debate over whether the practice is humane or even necessary. When out in the field or chasing a ball, a Cattle Dog will noticeably use its thick tail as a rudder.
Back in their days of herding cattle, a group of dogs often worked together but they were often made to find food for themselves. This meant that pack order was of great importance. Many owners note that bringing a Cattle Dog into the house means establishing pack order from the beginning. Once an owner allows their Cattle Dog to get away with negative behaviors the breed's stubborn nature can make it very difficult to turn things around. Obedience training is a must and the sooner it starts the better. The Australian Cattle Dog is a breed that is meant to be around others. It detests isolation and will react negatively to such.