An Australian Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler is hardworking, intelligent, and loyal. Historically, these dogs were bred to serve as herding dogs on farms, and they still thrive when given a task. Their zealous loyalty makes them even better employees. You can put them to work even if you don’t work on a farm. They enjoy solving puzzles and catching toys.
Australian cattle dog like their owners and are frequently referred to as “shadow dogs” when they are not working. They develop a strong attachment to their owner and dread being parted from them. This is an exceptionally active breed that will gladly join you on your next run or hike.
During the 19th century, Australian settlers bred the Blue Heeler to herd cattle. The breed is widely recognized with assisting ranchers in efficiently expanding the Australian beef sector. Ranchers developed a sturdy and strong canine that could withstand Australia’s severe climate after many breedings and cross-breedings.
Dogs imported to Australia from England were crossed with the native Australian Dingo to produce the forebears of the Blue Heeler, often known as the Australian Cattle Dog. The American Kennel Club accepted the Australian Cattle Dog for registration in May 1980. In September of same year, the breed became eligible for exhibition in the Working Group, and in 1983, it was transferred to the Herding Group.
With a silky double coat, this breed may require regular grooming to keep the coat from becoming overly long or too short. Expect a dog that weighs between 30-35 pounds.
- Weight: 15 to 18 kg
- Coat length: Medium, silky and double coat
- Amount of shedding: Medium
- Color: Blue & gray with speckles
- Pattern: Speckles
The Australian Cattle Dog, as indicated in our section on “training,” can be too territorial if not properly trained. Though it is suitable for a family, it must be properly raised in order to make a great household pet. If you’ve previously trained dogs, there shouldn’t be much here that will present a significant obstacle.
Keep in mind that if not properly trained, Australian Cattle Dogs may attempt to bite. The Australian Cattle Dog has a high tolerance for activity, but keep in mind that “tolerance” also implies that it should tolerate a lot of exercise on a regular basis.
Because these dogs were trained to tolerate both long distances and short bursts of activity, you should be able to exercise them about as much as you can handle. It’s a good companion for going out of the house, but be aware of its slightly aggressive behavior with other dogs.
- Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Responsible breeders have strived to maintain the highest quality breed standards as set by kennel clubs such as AKC. Dogs bred according to these standards tend to inherit genetic diseases. Among the diseases that need to be considered include:
- Progressive retinal atrophy: An eye condition characterized by retinal degradation that causes reduced vision and, in severe cases, blindness.
- Hip dysplasia is a disorder in which the hip sockets do not form properly
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