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Australian Cattle Dog Puppies
Description: 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.
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.
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:
Australian Cattle Dog
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