Cattle Collie Dog

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41-65 lbs
22-24"
Unknown
Australian Cattle Dog
Collie

High-strung and lively, the Cattle Collie Dog was developed from the Australian Cattle Dog and the Border Collie. There is little to no documentation on where the breed originated from or who was responsible for the initial crossbreeding. It is suspected that the Cattle Collie Dog was developed as part of the designer dog trend to create healthier dogs. Its talent for herding cattle is what makes this breed a preferable dog over others. Its responsive nature and eagerness to engage in a wide variety of activities makes for a great companion dog as well. This active breed resembles both parent breeds and can take on dominant traits from either one. Its high energy levels means it would thrive best in an environment that is large enough to allow it to roam free and also receive physical and mental stimulation.

Purpose
Herding, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie

Cattle Collie Dog Health

Average Size
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 41-65 lbs
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 41-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Radiographs
  • Optical Examination
  • Echocardiography
  • Angiocardiograph

Cattle Collie Dog Breed History

While the exact origins of the Cattle Collie Dog are unknown, it is just as important to review the parent breeds histories. The Australian Cattle Dog was developed in order to be able to cover long distances over rough terrain. The breed was known for its ability to stifle its barks and remain quiet in order to not give itself away while in the field. Research suggests that a blue-merle Highland Collie was crossbred with a dingo by a man by the name of Hall. This crossbreed resulted in a breed known as Hall's Heelers. While there is no well-documented evidence, it is also believed that one of the specimens, Bentley's dog, was responsible for the white patch found on the breeds today. One thing is for certain: the Australian Cattle Dog was revered for its strong work ethic and ability to successfully herd cattle. The Australian Cattle Dog became a prominent aspect of the cattle industry in Queensland, which resulted in its other given name of Queensland Blue Heeler. Its name was later changed to Australian Heeler, which was then changed to the Australian Cattle Dog. In 1897, the first breed standard was published. In 1893, Robert Kaleski began breeding the modern-day Australian Cattle Dog and showed them in 1897. In 1980, the Australian Cattle Dog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Border Collie is said to have been found in wood carvings from Thomas Beckwith prior to the 1800s. There was indication that there were both rough-coated and smooth-coated varieties of the modern-day Border Collie. In the 1800s, the Sheepdogs in Great Britain had their own herding styles. In 1873, the first documented Sheepdog trial was held and in 1860, the Birmingham Dog Society held classes for Scotch Sheep Dogs. It is believed that Queen Victoria was in love with the breed. In 1906, the first breed standard was drafted. In 1915, the Sheepdog name was changed to the Border Collie. In 1995, the Border Collie was officially recognized by the AKC. The Cattle Collie Dog is not officially registered with the American Kennel Club due to its hybrid status.

Cattle Collie Dog Breed Appearance

The Cattle Collie Dog strongly resembles both parent breeds – the Australian Cattle Dog and the Border Collie. The coat can vary depending on each particular puppy due to the lack of breed standard. It can be a dense, rough, straight, short coat or a dense, rough, and long-coated length that is non-water-repellent. Color combinations can vary from white, sable, red, brown, and blue. The expression most often seen is that of a curious dog who craves to learn more. The Cattle Collie Dog's body is longer than it is tall. Its strong, muscular build gives off a tough, but relaxed stance. The long, voluminous tail is carried high and slightly over the body.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Sable
Red
Brown
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cattle Collie Dog Breed Maintenance

The Cattle Collie Dog is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately. Daily brushing is recommended with either a rubber curry brush or a firm bristle brush in order to help reduce the amount of dead hairs being contained within the coat. Not known to be a dog to drool, this hybrid will require weekly cleaning of the teeth at minimum. Care of the feet is always essential in an active dog; the pads of the foot can be prone to dryness and cracking of the skin. Check the feet often to be sure the pads are healthy and that there is no debris stuck between the toes. The nails should be trimmed often. Torn or infected nails can be very painful and problems can be hard to clear up, simply because the dog is always on the go.

Brushes for Cattle Collie Dog
Pin Brush
Comb
Hemostat
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cattle Collie Dog Temperament

The Cattle Collie Dog is curious, high-strung, and full of energy. It craves attention and prefers to be able to follow you around as long as you keep it engaged; otherwise it may decide to find excitement elsewhere. This active breed requires consistent training in order to remain your faithful companion. This energetic canine fares best when it is kept active and stimulated both mentally and physically. The Cattle Collie Dog is great with children, though may be too energetic for little family members so be sure to supervise. It is a loyal breed with a lot of spunk. Strangers should take extra precaution when approaching as this defensive hybrid may be hesitant towards unfamiliar faces. Early training and guidance should teach your dog to distinguish the difference between friendly strangers and unwelcome intruders. Your Cattle Collie Dog is known to be curious around other dogs and animals. When introducing new pets, provide your dog with boundaries and ensure your dog feels comfortable with its surroundings.

Cattle Collie Dog Activity Requirements

Your Cattle Collie Dog is known to be high-strung and active in the field. His energy levels are moderately high. 90 minutes of intense play and outdoor activity per day is recommended. Obedience trials, agility competitions and other games or groups that involve your hybrid in the use of his mind and body will give him the outlet needed to keep him thriving as a member of the family. An ideal environment for your Cattle Collie Dog would be a large rural or urban home with a secure space for him to explore and play. Supervision and company for the dog are essential;  boredom can lead to property destruction and if left alone, he may begin digging for ways out so that he can find a friend.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Cattle Collie Dog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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