Thinking about purchasing an Australian Cattle Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Australian Cattle Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Australian Cattle Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Australian Cattle Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Australian Cattle Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Australian Cattle Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Australian Cattle Dog Breed Profile
The Australian Cattle Dog is also known as the Blue Heeler. They are a tough, hard working dog who can cover immense distances. They are a versatile herding dog and can work with horses, goats and even ducks. Considered a working dog who is fearless and determined, the Australian Cattle Dog has been carefully bred to what it is today through use of Dalmatians, wild Dingos, Collies and other breeds. A one-person dog, they are rather aloof with strangers, but to their owner they are eternally loyal, gentle, alert and can easily be trained. They are quite easygoing with people they know, and can get along with children, although they may try to herd them. The AuCaDo, they they are often referred, can be stubborn and independent. Puppies are born all-white with coat coloring appearing a few weeks after birth. These are medium sized dogs with a quick gallop and a quiet temperament. They have natural prick ears and are sturdy and compact. Muscular and strong, they have almond shaped eyes and come in colors of blue, blue mottled, blue speckled or red with or without black, blue or tan markings on the head. They have a long brush tail and smooth double coat. Agile and intense, the Australian Cattle Dog is an excellent herder.
Other Names: Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Heeler, Aussie, AuCaDo
Type: Herding Dog
17 - 20 inches
blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue or tan markings on
Cattle Dogs are bold and determined. This is an extremely hard
working breed. They have constant energy and need to be doing things. The Australian
Cattle Dog is loyal and friendly to those it knows, but wary with strangers.
They are protective and easygoing, and tends to be a more one-person dog. The
ASD is hardy and smart, independent and responsive. They can be stubborn but
are tireless in their efforts. They are excellent cattle drovers because of
these traits. More silent than the average dog, the ASD may try to nip at the
heels of running children.
Watch-dog: High. Aussie
Cattle Dogs are very suspicious of strangers.
Australian Cattle Dog Care and
Training: Australian Cattle Dogs should be brushed once a week
to keep the coat clean and remove dead hairs. Always check the nails and clip
them regularly if needed. ASDs need lots of mental and physical exercise. They
should be given a good jog or long work out every day. They need long, vigorous
walks at least twice a day. They can be headstrong and need to be taught to
obey their owners commands at an early age.
Activity: Very High. This
breed is always on the go.
Australian Cattle Dog Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, hereditary deafness and occasional eye problems such as PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy).
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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