Australian Cattle Dog is generally friendly, but he is protective of his family and home turf, and he tends to be wary of strangers. This breed is known for an up-tempo, friendly demeanor, the perfect dog for a family, also active singles, houses with yards, farms/country. You might be familiar with this breed by one of his other common names: Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, or Halls Heeler. Officially, however, he's the Australian Cattle Dog; the "heeler" moniker comes from the fact that the dogs were bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels.
Size: Standing between 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, the Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, hard-muscled herder of strength and agility. Expect a relatively light dog at around 30-35 pounds.
Personality: Extremely active dog who needs constant mental and physical activity. If he's bored or lonely, he can be destructive. He's apt to chew and tear up items he shouldn't. If you choose to live with an Australian Cattle Dog, be prepared to keep him busy — and tired. If he's tired, he's less likely to get himself into trouble.
Temperament: Obedient, bold, loyal, energetic, territorial, cautious, protective, brave. The Australian Cattle Dog is protective of what he considers his territory, and he'll defend it. He's also reserved (not necessarily unfriendly) with strangers. But he's devoted to his owner and family. Once he bonds, he likes to go wherever his owner goes; in fact, punishment to the Australian Cattle Dog is physical separation from those he loves.
He's smart, but at times he can be willful and stubborn. Consistent, positive training helps control his independent streak.
Activity Requirements: The Australian Cattle Dog has a high tolerance for exercise. Since these dogs were bred to handle large distances as well as short spurts of activity, you should be able to exercise them about as much as you yourself can handle. It’s a good companion for getting out of the house, although you will want to be wary of a slightly aggressive nature with other dogs.
Behavioral Traits: Australian Cattle Dog can be excessively territorial if not properly trained. Though it can be suitable for a family, it should really be raised properly in order for it to make an ideal household pet. If you have experience in training dogs, there shouldn’t be much here that will give you a major challenge. Keep in mind that Australian Cattle Dogs can also try to bite if not properly trained.
Diet: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Because Australian Cattle Dogs are bred for being able to handle a lot of exercise, it means they can handle a larger diet as well. Feeding your dog a healthy, active diet shouldn’t add on any weight, but you might even find it hard to help the Australian Cattle Dog keep its weight on earlier in its life. Let the dog eat a healthy amount – as long as it’s getting plenty of exercise.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lb. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lb. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: Because these dogs are a tad bit aggressive, we don’t necessarily recommend the Australian Cattle Dog as your “first” dog. Its personality can be fun and active, and with proper training it will be as suitable to a social life as any other dog out there. But the issue here is your training and your ability to raise the dog to understand boundaries and remain calm and relaxed with strangers – especially other dogs.
Colors: Common mix colours in the Australian Cattle Dog are black hairs in a red-coated dog, including the extreme of a black saddle on a red dog, and extensive tan on the face and body on a blue dog, called "creeping tan". Blue-colored dogs proved to be the most popular among ranch owners and drovers, and they became known as Blue Heelers. They were especially popular in cattle runs in Queensland, where they were given the name Queensland Heelers or Queensland Blue Heelers.
History: The Australian Cattle Dog was bred by 19th-century Australian settlers to herd cattle on large ranches. This breed was instrumental in helping ranchers expand the Australian beef industry by quietly but aggressively herding the sometimes uncontrollable, almost wild cattle with nips and bites. The American Kennel Club notes that the Australian Cattle Dog is one of the best working breeds out there, ready to work all the time.
Life span: 11-13 years
Temperament: Cautious, Energetic, Loyal, Obedient, Protective, Brave
Weight: 25-50 lb
Height: 16-20 inches
Colors: Blue, Red
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