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Australian Cattle Dog

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Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is also known as the Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler and the Hall's Heeler. It is muscular, agile and very powerful. The body is long and the legs are very straight. The head is broad and carries pointed and pricked ears that face forward. The eyes are oval-shaped and are dark brown. The tail is slightly curved and reaches the hock. The coat is weather resistant. They come in two colors, blue or red speckled. Black markings on the body are not desirable.

Temperament The Australian Cattle Dog needs to be part of the action. They do not do well alone in a backyard and get into mischief if left alone. They are fiercely loyal and make excellent guard dogs. They are very obedient and outstanding at herding, but can be independent. Very suspicious of other dogs and strangers. Will sometimes nip at human's heels in an attempt to herd them. They are not good with children whom they haven't known since puppyhood and can be too active for home life.
Height, Weight

Male Height: 17-20" ; Weight: 32-35 lbs.
Female Height: 17-19" ; Weight: 30-35 lbs.

Health Problems Australian Cattle Dogs' most common health problems are elbow dysplasia, arthritis, pyometra, infertility, and false pregnancies.
Living Conditions The Cattle Dog should not live in an apartment and does best with a very large yard and with work to do.
Exercise This breed needs an abundant amount of exercise and activities. Exercise is of the upmost importance. Without enough exercise, they can become bored and destructive.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom with brushing and occasional wet or dry shampoos. They shed their coats once or twice per year.
Origin The Australian Cattle Dog was bred with several breeds in order to obtain the characteristics necessary for a cattle dog. During the 1830s, the running, biting, barking Smithfield Collie was experimentally crossed with the silent-working Dingo. This offspring was known as the Timmon's Biters, which eliminated the barking problem, but accentuated the biting. About 10 years later, a purebred Scottish import was bred with the Dingo. The half-breeds were impressive workers. They were hardy, silent drovers with prick ears. The next breed to be introduced was the Dalmatian, changing the Cattle Dogs to their current speckled color and adding loyalty to their masters and a rapport with horses. Introducing the Dingo influenced the breed's speed, keen hearing and sense of smell as well as general hardiness and ability to withstand heat.
Group Herding