Report from the Kennel Club/
British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Summary results of the
Purebred Dog Health Survey
for Australian Cattle Dogs
Warning: The results of this survey and particularly the breed-specific analyses should
be interpreted with caution. The overall response rate was
only 24% with breed-specific response rates from 4.5% to 64.7%.
Australian Cattle Dogs
A total of 83 forms were sent out and 22 were returned, representing 69 live dogs. This breed
had a 26.5 % response rate (22/83) and it represented 0.16% of all returns (22/13,741).
A total of 11 deaths were reported and this represents 0.07 % of all deaths reported in the
survey (11/15,881). The median age at death for Australian Cattle Dogs was 11 years and 8
months (min = 1 year and 6 months, max = 15 years and 11 months) and this was similar to the
overall median of 11 years and 3 months (Figure 1). Table 1 shows the causes of death for
Australian Cattle Dogs. Age at death is presented for the most common causes of death (Figure
Table 1. Causes of death by organ system/category for Australian Cattle Dogs.
Cause of death
deaths Most common specific causes in descending order
27.3 Type unspecified
2 Cerebral vascular
27.3 Stroke or cerebral vascular accident
9.1 Cushings disease (hyperadrenocorticism)
9.1 Chronic liver failure
Figure 1. Histogram showing the frequency (as number of dogs) of age at death (in years) for the 11
Australian Cattle Dog deaths with age at death reported.
Figure 2. Box and whisker plot of age at death in years for the most common causes of death in
Australian Cattle Dogs (N=11). The dashed line (–––) is the overall median age at death for all dogs in
the survey and the dotted line (----) is the overall median age of death for Australian Cattle Dogs. The
solid line within each grey box represents the median age at death from the condi