Australian Cattle Dogs are alert, playful and affectionate. They are devoted to their owner and more often than not become clingy. They experience separation anxiety when their master leaves. Developed as a pastoral dog, it is protective of its family and distant toward strangers. It does not think twice when it feels like it needs to protect its “herd.” It generally gets along with children especially those it grew up with.
The breed used to nip the cattle it herded and has retained this potentially dangerous habit. It still has a tendency to herd people, especially young kids who run and scream, and nip their feet. To lessen nipping and biting, proper training and supervision are required. In order for trainings to be effective for this energetic pooch, they should be in the form of games. Training will help adopt a routine different from its herding ancestors.
Dog breeds do have certain predisposed characteristics. However, other factors like environment, training and socialisation help build its overall personality, intelligence, behaviour.