Cattle Collie Dog

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Cattle Collie Dog History

The Cattle Collie is a herding and guarding working dog. The origin of the modern cattle collie is traced to the Highland region of Scotland, where shepherds from Ireland brought Old English Sheepdogs to work as sheepdogs. These dogs were crossed with native Black and Tan Setters and Irish Setters in the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time, the “Black and Tan Setter” was commonly used as a catchall term for a variety of setters, including Short-Haired and Wire-Haired, and in a variety of coat colours, including some that were technically “tan”. The Collie then migrated to Australia, where it was developed further by crossing with Scottish and Australian shepherd dogs. In 1925, the first Herding Group trials were held in Australia, and by the 1950s the Aussie (as the Australian Shepherd was known) had become the most popular herding and drafting dog in the country. In 1963, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised the Aussie as a distinct breed and renamed it the “Australian Shepherd”. The American-bred “Aussie” of this period was typically larger, heavier, and more athletic than its counterparts in Europe. In 1972, the AKC officially recognised the “Aussie”, but changed the name to “Australian Shepherd” because the name “Aussie” was regarded as offensive by some Australians.

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Cattle Collie Dog Physical Characteristics

The Cattle Collie is a medium-size breed of working dog. They stand between 12 and 14 inches high at the withers and weigh between 30 and 50 lbs. They have a thick, harsh double coat of blue merle, red merle, or brindle. They have a full and round head. The eyes of the cattle collie are almond-shaped and dark in color and the ears are folded over. The tail is carried low and is straight or slightly curved. The cattle collie is agile and athletic.

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Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Sable, Red, Brown, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 41 – 65 lbs

Female Weight Range: 41 – 65 lbs

Cattle Collie Dog Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Cattle Collie Dog Health Concerns

Congenital Heart Defect, None

Cattle Collie Dog Temperament and Behaviour

The Cattle Collie is a loving and obedient dog that is great for multiple families. They are very intelligent and are quick to learn new commands. They are athletic and full of energy, so they need plenty of exercise. They are extremely loyal to their owners, but may be aggressive towards other dogs. They are calm, gentle, and mild-mannered, but are also very protective and territorial.

Cattle Collie Dog Activity Requirements

The Cattle Collie is one of the oldest herding breeds. They are intelligent, loyal, and hard-working. They are often described as having a calm, laid-back temperament. A daily walk or jog will keep your Cattle Collie fit and healthy. They are very athletic and also enjoy playing and going for hikes. If given the opportunity, they will join a hiking or jogging group. If you are looking for a dog who is happy to spend most of their time relaxing at home, a Cattle Collie may not be the best option for you. While they do like to play, they also require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.

Miles Per Day

15 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cattle Collie Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cattle Collie Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cattle Collie Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cattle Collie Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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