Australian Cattle Dog vs Dingo

Compare the Australian Cattle Dog to the Dingo. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Australian Cattle Dogs and Dingos.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Neither the Dingo or the Australian Cattle Dog are ideal for new owners, but the Australian Cattle Dog is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Australian Cattle Dog is okay with children, but the Dingo does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Australian Cattle Dog is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Australian Cattle Dog has an average tendency to bark. The Dingo will bark less frequently than most dogs.
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Australian Cattle Dog vs Dingo
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Breed NameAustralian Cattle DogDingo
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoMaybe
Lifespan12-14 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Height17-20 in.20-24 in.
Weight30-50 lb20-45 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryAustraliaAustralia
Origin Year1840 AD1500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodPoor
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyAveragePoor
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Poor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 95°F0°F to 100°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph25 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAustralian Cattle DogDingo
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowHigh
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAustralian Cattle DogDingo
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Canine DistemperNoYes
DeafnessYesNo
Heart WormsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
TapewormsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAustralian Cattle DogDingo
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Single CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlueYesNo
Blue MottledYesNo
Blue SpeckledYesNo
Red MottledYesNo
Red SpeckledYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black&tanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Reddish BrownNoYes
TanNoYes
YellowNoYes
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