Australian Cattle Breed Maintenance
Many people call the Australian Cattle Dog a wash and wear dog since he requires very little grooming. They should be brushed once every 2-3 weeks with a natural bristle brush. When they come in from working with the cattle, a bath using a mild shampoo may be needed to remove caked on mud. Otherwise, wiping down with a moist cloth is acceptable. The Australian Cattle Dog does not shed his coat year round. For males and altered dogs they will shed their coat once a year. Intact females will blow their coat twice a year, usually following their heat cycles. When the Australian Cattle Dog is shedding, frequent brushing is recommended along with warm baths to help remove the loose hair. Regular nail trimmings should be done. Nail grinding can be done instead of cutting the nail to avoid cutting the nail too short and causing pain. Ears should be cleaned every 2-3 weeks to prevent infections.