In this blog we take a look at some of the fabulous breeds with native Australian roots.
- Australian Cattle Dog
This medium sized, short coated breed was thought to have been created by the Hall family back in the early 1800’s. The family needed a droving (moving livestock) dog for their colony, however standard herding dogs were only able to work across short distances. The Halls decided to cross standard herding dogs with a pack of Dingoes they had tamed. Following George Hall’s death in 1870, the breed became available to those outside of the family. This energetic and intelligent breed has since gone on to become a hugely popular pet throughout Australia. A low maintenance breed that is always eager to please.
- Australian Kelpie
The Australian Kelpie is a breed of Sheepdog, which can be found in a range of colours. Ancestors of the Kelpie were Collies, however today’s Collie breeds were not recognised until around 15 years after the Kelpie was established. While Kelpie’s can be kept as house pets, the breed has lots of energy and thrives when being worked. Be aware that an underworked Kelpie can be destructive.
The staghound is a breed used historically throughout Australia for various kinds of hunting. The better-known breed an Australian Staghound resembles most is a Lurcher. Staghounds tend to be affectionate animals that are calm in the home, and although fast are not overly hyperactive. These traits are causing interest in Staghounds as pets to increase.
- Bull Arab
The Bull Arab is a breed of pig hunting dog also known as an ‘Aussie Pig Dog’. This highly intelligent breed has an acute sense of smell which enables them to locate feral pigs as far as 6 kilometres away. Bull Arabs are known for being highly intelligent and loving dogs which are easily trainable and loyal.
- Kangaroo Dog
The Kangaroo dog is purpose bred sighthound dog. Records show that Greyhounds and Scottish Deerhounds accompanied early settlers as they arrived in Australia and were used to protect flocks and also catch game such as Emu’s and Kangaroos. These breeds were then cross bred to combine the best qualities of each breed to form the Kangaroo dog. Although now rare, ‘roo dogs’ can still be found in rural communities where hunting is still a popular pastime.
The Koolie is a working or herding dog which has existed in Australia since the early 19th Century. The breed varies throughout different regions of Australia and changes in the breed appearance can be vast. This high energy breed may not be a suitable pet for all households as they require lots of attention and exercise.
Do you own or breed a native Australian breed? We would love to hear from you. Email us at Hello@ Buddies.co.uk.