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Australian Cattle Dog: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health (Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler,
Red Heeler, Hall's Heeler)
Group: Herding Dog Breed Group.
Also Known As: Blue Heeler, Queensland
Heeler, Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler
AKC Ranking: 46
About Australian Cattle Dog
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Australian Cattle Dog
originated from Australia in the later part
of the 19th century. The Australian Cattle
Dog became popular owing to its high level
of stamina and herding abilities. Their ability
and inborn drive to control the movement of
other animals, like a herd of cows, to pasture
by leaping and nipping at their heels. They
received their name as 'Heelers' owing to
their habit of nipping at the heels of a cattle
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A typical Herding Dog, the Australian Cattle Dog
is a medium sized dog that is mainly used for herding
cattle. The Australian Cattle Dog is a hard-muscled,
sturdy and athletic dog without any trace of being
frail or delicate. The Australian Cattle Dog is
also well known for its agility.
As the name suggests, the coat
of the Blue Heeler is blue in color with black,
blue or tan markings. Although the puppies of a
Australian Cattle Dog are born white in color, their
coat color starts to change within 14 to 21 days.
A seasonal shedder, the Australian
Cattle Dog is double-coated (to beat the weather)
with the outer coat being plane and even. The Australian
Cattle Dog has dark oval eyes and pointed ears widely
set on a round broad head.
Height: 17 to 21 inches
Weight: 35 to 45 pounds
Temperament of the Dog
The Blue Heeler is a highly intelligent,
energetic, independent, obedient, patient and agile
dog. The Australian Cattle Dog is loyal, devoted,
highly dependable, affectionate and protective by
nature. They love to stay around humans and mix
well with those children who were around them from
their puppy stage.
Lack of activities and boredom
can lead to major behavioral problems. They are
aggressive towards strangers and don't usually get
along well with other pets like cats or unknown
dogs. Their courageous personality enables them
to be perfect watchdogs apart from acting as herders
Basically, being herding dog by
nature, they always have the instinct to herd anything
that moves, be it adults, kids or cattle. Their
high dominant self makes them aggressive a number
of times. Many a times the Australian Cattle Dog
has nipped at the heel of a child or an adult trying
to herd them.
Training the Australian Cattle
Dog is easy, however, their stubborn self may react
aversely to harsh methods. Thus positive reinforcements
are important to fully train the dog.
A herding dog by nature, the Australian Cattle Dog
needs high amount of exercise that involves running,
retrieving and playing. Lack of activities and boredom
can lead to major behavioral problems like aggressiveness
and destructiveness. They enjoy it immensely when
their owners involve them in activities that will
keep them physically and mentally busy.
Suitable for apartment
The Blue Heeler is most unsuitable
for apartment or small space living. They are usually
content living in huge farms (preferably in the
country side or rural areas) with lots of free space
to run and play around. A house having a big fenced
yard suits them fine as well.
A seasonal shedder, the Australian
Cattle Dog needs regular brushing or combing with
a firm brush to keep away ticks and mites. Eyes
and ears should be cleaned regularly for hygiene
purposes. Bathing should be done when only necessary.
The most common health issues noted
by owners have been musculoskeletal (spondylosis,
hip and elbow dysplasia, and arthritis) and reproductive
(pyometra, infertility, and false pregnancy.
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Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years.
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