The Queensland Blue Heeler was the original name of the Australian Cattle Dog. The result was a dog with great agility at the turn bred to bite at the heels of the cattle to move them, a dog that was quiet as a ghost and could contain the herd without “spooking” it. This original dog was the animal that had these necessary traits. The Cattle dog is a non compromising dog that sets its mind to the task. The Australian Cattle Dog is a hardy and tough dog with few genetic problems. The Cattle Dog is a merle dog with blue mottles or speckles or red with red mottling. The Blue Heeler is a friendly and lovable dog and they are gaining popularity as pets and companion dogs.
Breed group: Herding, Weight: 35-45 lbs, Height: male 18-20 inches; female 17-19 inches
Overview: The Australian Cattle dog is originally from Australia where they have been developed during the nineteenth century. The Australian Cattle dog is also referred to as the Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, and Queensland Heeler. In Australia, these are one of the most popular dog breeds today.
Temperament: Australian Cattle dogs are one of the most intelligent dog breeds there is, but they can become bored fairly easily. The Australian Cattle dog also does very well as a guard dog, and they are very courageous and reliable dogs.
Care: This breed should be brushed no a weekly basis with a firm hair brush. During the shedding season, these dogs should be brushed more frequently.
Training: It is important that the Australian Cattle socialized and trained in obedience from an early age onwards. Australian Cattle dogs are very obedient. Australian Cattle dogs are very talented in areas such as herding, suppleness and guarding, retrieving and competitive obedience.
Health problems: Australian Cattle dogs are relatively healthy dogs, but they are prone to suffer from conditions such as hip dysplasia, PRA, and deafness..