Australian Cattle Dog – Blue Heeler
The Australian Cattle Dog breed was developed in Australia to help Shepherds with their cattle. They needed a dog that could withstand the heat and wouldn’t bark to scare the cattle. The different breeds used to make this outstanding herding dog were: Smooth Haired Scotch Merle Collie, the Dingo, the Dalmatian, the Australian Kelpie & the Bull Terrier.
The Blue Heeler was first registered by the AKC in 1980 and was grouped as Herding.
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Weight: 35 - 50 lbs
- Height: 17 - 20 inches
- Color: The Australian Cattle dogs are blue or red. The blue dogs can be called blue, blue mottled or blue speckled. Red dogs are evenly speckled or all red.
The Australian Cattle Dog are hardworking, loyal & protective. They are very intelligent making them an easy breed to train. They can be friendly but are leery of strangers. This breed is very energetic and need a lot of room to run.
The Australian Cattle Dog life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. This is relatively healthy breed. Some health concerns to look for are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Patellar Luxation
• PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)
Their coat is short, smooth & water resistant. Their undercoat is short and dense.
The Blue Heeler coat is very easy to maintain. Brushing once a week to remove dead hair is sufficient.