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- Australian Cattle Dog -

Description: Australian Cattle Dogs are very intelligent, willing to work, sturdy, alert, and watchful. The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred to work cattle in the rough inland terrain of Australia. Thus, this breed is well balanced, barks little, brave, hardy, optimistic and eager to learn.

The coat is easy to care for, a good bathing and brushing will keep the coat clean and healthy. Bred to herd all day, Australian Cattle Dogs have a lot of energy. Australian Cattle Dog's love and are very loyal to their owners and especially love to play with children.
Other Names: Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall's Heeler

Height: 17 - 20 inches
Weight: 35 - 45 lbs.

Colors: Blue, blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue or tan markings on head.
Coat: Smooth, hard, straight, water-resistant top coat and short, dense undercoat.

Temperament: Bold, determined
With Children: Good with his family's children, but may not deal with other children well as he will interpret playful wrestling and chase games as a threat or as a call to herd.
With Pets: Wary of other dogs.
Special Skills: Cattle driver and family pet.

Watch-dog: High, very suspicious of strangers.
Guard-dog: High, protective of family.

Care and Training: Once a week brushing is adequate. Needs long, vigorous walks at least twice a day. Can be headstrong and needs to be taught to obey his owners commands at an early age.
Learning Rate: High

Activity: Very High
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential. The owner of an Australian Cattle Dog should be a no-nonsense leader.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hereditary deafness and occasional eye problems.

Life Span: 12 - 15 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 8

Country of Origin: Australia
History: Developed in Australia around the early 1800's the Australian Cattle Dog was used to cross great distances in herding cattle. Since records were not well kept it is only with speculation that his ancestry is known. He may have been crossed with the blue merle Collie, Old English Sheepdog, Dalmatian and Australian Kelpie. Originally called the Blue Heeler, it wasn't until 1903 that he was know as the the Australian Cattle Dog.

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