The Australian Cattle Dog is an intelligent, agile, and hardy breed. Also known as the Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Halls Heeler, and the Queensland Heeler, this dog thrives in an environment where he has a job to do. Australian Cattle Dogs love being part of the pack and would make a great addition to an active family.
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Top 10 Facts
1. The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred by Australian farmers to herd cattle. They are still widely used as herding dogs due to their keen ability to precisely direct and control large groups of animals.
2. One of the Australian Cattle Dog’s ancestors is the Dingo, the wild dog of Australia. Other breeds that have contributed to the Australian Cattle Dog are Bull Terriers, Australian Kelpies, Dalmatians, and Blue Italian Greyhounds.
3. The Australian Cattle Dog is born completely white and his colored coat comes with age. Many believe this is due to it’s Dalmatian heritage.
4. While other breeds’ energy levels slow with age, Australian Cattle Dogs are known to stay extremely active even in their elder years.
5. Australian Cattle Dogs are also known as “shadow dogs,” because of their love for being extremely close to their owners at all times.
6. While Australian Cattle Dogs do not need to be bathed very often, they do require frequent brushing as they are extremely prone to shedding.
7. The Australian Cattle Dog is very smart and easily trained for the most part, but they can also be extremely stubborn.
8. Australian Cattle Dog’s coats are never quite the same. They will normally be either blue or red colored with a slew of different markings all over their bodies.
9. Although the Australian Cattle Dog was developed around 1840, it was not officially recognized by the AKC until 1980. Before then it had been categorized as a miscellaneous breed.
10. If you aren’t a cattle rancher or a farmer, this dog responds very well to dog sports and loves to be challenged intellectually as well as physically.