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Australian Cattle Dogs are first and foremost active, working dogs with a strong herding instinct. They typically have a wary nature and need strong obedience training and socialization to get them accustomed to people and other animals. They also may try to dominate the pack through their herding instincts. In a family situation, that instinct could include attempting to herd children. These are all qualities to keep in mind if you are considering this breed for a pet.