Cattle Shepherd

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45-80 lbs
Australian Cattle Dog
German Shepherd

Brave, alert, protective and hardworking are just a few words that can be used to describe the traits of the Cattle Shepherd. Bred from the Australian Cattle Dog and the German  Shepherd, these heavy-built, medium to large dogs stand approximately 20 to 25 inches tall and can weight up to 80 pounds. Their current known purpose is guarding owner's properties, herding of livestock and providing wonderful companionship. The Cattle Shepherd is considered a low maintenance dog in terms of grooming requirements, however, due to their forward, dominating behavior and large size, they are not recommended for first time dog owners.

Guarding, Herding, Companion
Date of Origin
Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd

Cattle Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Cattle Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 45-80 lbs
Female Cattle Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 45-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Flea Allergy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Gastric Torsion
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Blood Count
  • Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests

Cattle Shepherd Breed History

A relatively new breed, the Australian Cattle dog was said to have originated in Australia. First known as Hall's Heelers, they were called such because of the efforts of Thomas Hall who put great effort into breeding Dingoes that had been tamed with Northumberland Drover Dogs (most likely Collies). An owner of large properties in New South Wales, Hall and his family used the Australian Cattle Dog as a herder of their cattle. This breed was specifically designed to withstand the hot temperatures of Australia and to handle skittish cattle by nipping at the cattle's hooves.Once Hall died in 1870, his estate was divided and the Hall's Heeler with it, allowing for further development of the breed into the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. The Australian Cattle Dog joined the roster of the American Kennel Club in 1980. The German Shepherd, on the other hand, was developed in Germany in the 1800s by a man named Max Von Stephanitz. The German Shepherd was originally a cross between long or short haired herding dogs with a primary purpose of herding and protecting sheep. Later years saw him as a proficient, courageous and hard working military dog. Athletic and brave, he did lose popularity during the World Wars due to his German association but gained popularity again in the 1950's as a trusted companion, guard dog and even an actor. Rin Tin Tin of silver screen fame was a German Shepherd. This dog was added to the American Kennel Club list of purebred dogs in 1908 and is a much favored dog today.

Cattle Shepherd Breed Appearance

A strongly built, large dog, the Cattle Shepherd is a breed that stands tall and heavy, reaching an average height of 20 to 25 inches and an average weight of 45 to 80 pounds. These dogs may have a medium length coat that is either straight or wavy, but always dense. Their ears are upright with a round tip, and their muzzle is medium to long in length and is proportionate to their head. Their body and legs tend to be quite muscular and sturdy, though the feet are compact. His stance is athletic and agile. His tail is most often thick and bushy. His eyes are dark although a hybrid with dominant Australian Cattle Dog genes may have blue or amber eyes. He can come in many colors, including the signature blue of the Heeler ancestry. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Cattle Shepherd eyes
brown Cattle Shepherd eyes
amber Cattle Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cattle Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Cattle Shepherd coat
red Cattle Shepherd coat
brindle Cattle Shepherd coat
blue Cattle Shepherd coat
black Cattle Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cattle Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cattle Shepherd Breed Maintenance

The Cattle Shepherd can be considered a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. A weekly brushing with the slicker brush and the occasional comb through to remove excess loose hair is the basic routine. He will not need to be bathed often unless his work or play leads him to encounter a messy or smelly substance in which to roll in. His nails will be strong and thick so be certain to trim them often which will make the job easier. Brush his teeth a few times a week so that costly dental procedures can be avoided. Start the grooming routine when he is a pup and you will find your Cattle Shepherd to be quite cooperative.

Brushes for Cattle Shepherd
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cattle Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cattle Shepherd Temperament

The Cattle Shepherd tends to have a very loyal and gallant temperament. Due to their size and protective personality, the Cattle Shepherd is not suited to households with younger children who may not know how to behave around a large dog who likes to lead and protect. If trained and socialized when a puppy, your Cattle Shepherd can grow to learn that they need to be gentle and less domineering around kids and other pets. Both parent breeds tend to be aggressive and cautious around people. Poor training may lead to difficulty in handling this strong willed dog and in addition, he may become mouthy and nippy. The German Shepherd is also quite a frequent barker and this excessive barking trait may be carried on into the offspring. Again, plenty of interaction at the dog park or in obedience classes when young will reduce the forwardness of this hybrid.

Cattle Shepherd Activity Requirements

Intelligent, playful and active, the Cattle Shepherd is one of the most energy demanding hybrid dogs out there. They have high energy and thrive with a job to do. Best suited to activities that involve a lot of running and herding, they will excel at field trials, agility, and other pursuits that enable them to use their minds and show off their smarts and skills. They need a rural home that has plenty of safe space in which for them to run. This canine will make a great running or hiking partner but will also need to be well trained so that his recall abilities are excellent. A wonderful companion for an outdoorsy type family, with adequate exercise and mental stimulation, he'll be the perfect addition to the family.

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

Cattle Shepherd Food Consumption

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

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