Australian Cattle Dog – Form and Function – Engineered!
Australian Cattle Dog, an Australian Cattle Dog picture and finding an Australian Cattle Dog for sale. For conformation details on this medium size dog, see Australian Cattle Dog breed standard. See Australian Cattle Dog breeders for an Australian Cattle Dog puppy for sale. See the dog club, Australian Cattle Dog rescue for more information.
The Australian Cattle Dog was created by thoughtful cross-breeding several kinds of dogs, because of their many useful traits, such as Smooth Coated Collies, Dalmatians, Kelpies, and a couple of infusions of the Dingo, Australia’s wild dog. Each new breed brought some more desirable traits to this herding dog.
Australian Cattle Dogs are sturdy, compact, symmetrically built working dogs of great agility, strength and endurance. They are always alert, notably intelligent, watchful, courageous, trustworthy, very loyal and protective watchdogs of their owners property. They are suspicious of strangers, but amenable to handling in the show ring. The Australian Cattle Dog puppies are quick learners, and very active, like the adults. One should note however, that they have a strong natural instinct to nip what they herd, and so early formal training is important, so that they will realize little children are not to be herded, and never to be nipped. With untrained Cattle dogs, this can lead to rather serious consequences. Lots of daily exercise is also essential for this breed, both physical and mental, for their well-being. They tend to bond to the whole family and bearing in mind the above mentioned instinctive problem, can be great
family companions. In Australia it is often called a Blue Heeler dog.
Dogs: 18 – 20 in. (45 – 51 cm) at withers
Bitches: 17 – 19 in (43 – 48 cm) at withers
Desirable weight: 33 – 50 lb. (15 – 23 kg)
Trainability: Very high
Protection: Very Good
Other Names: Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler dog
Life Expectancy: 10 – 13 years