Friday, 26 February 2021

The Difference Between Cattle Dogs and Dingoes by Berenice Walters (c late 1990s)

In early 1970 I was speaking to Professor MacIntosh of Sydney University, who had carried out two decades of research on the Dingo.  He considered the Cattle Dog to be halfway to a Dingo.  However, after nearly fifty years’ experience, my opinion is that they are totally diffe
rent.  

On the one hand you have a bold and protective rural working dog specifically bred to work for man, with man;  on the other end of the scale we have the Dingo, a highly intelligent, sensitive, skilful and independent hunting breed, an opportunistic predator whose concentration is on hunt/kill.  Hardly the recipe for a herding dog.  I do of course speak generally.  One does occasionally hear of individuals and hybrids that have worked with stock just as there are individual Cattle Dogs that are not workers.

 

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