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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.

Weight:

25-50 pounds (12-18 kilograms).

Height:

17-20 inches (43-51 cm).

Color(s):

Colors include blue or mottled blue with tan, black, or blue markings. Other possible colorings include red or speckled red.

Coat:

This breed has a double coat that is rough, short, and straight.


Overview

Character:

These dogs are highly energetic and require plenty of exercise as well as mental stimulation. Naturally cautious, these animals are one-person dogs and do not like strangers.

Country of Origin:

Australia.

History:

These dogs originated in Australia during the mid 1800s and were used to herd cattle in the outback. Mixed with Dingos and Kelpies for ultimate intelligence and manageability, these dogs are excellent workers. Although officially recognized in Australia in 1903, this breed was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1979.

Name:

Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Queensland Blue Heeler.

Temperament:

Australian Cattle Dogs are tough, serious-minded, and live to work. They are naturally wary and cautious and can make great guard dogs when trained for that purpose. These dogs are both intelligent and independent.


Care

Training:

Due to their intelligence, Australian Cattle Dogs have a high learning rate. Training sessions always need to be varied and interesting in order to keep the animal's attention. Without proper training, exercise, and activity, these dogs can become destructive.

Activity:

Australian Cattle Dogs have a very high activity level and require plenty of exercise and outdoor time as well as mental stimulation.

Ownership:

This breed is not suitable for households with children, as these dogs have a tendency to nip at anything that moves. Australian Cattle Dogs are also one-person dogs rather than family dogs. These animals live to work so they must have a job and purpose in order to be happy and to prevent them from becoming destructive.


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