Dog Profiles - Description of Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

Description: The Australian Cattle Dog also known as the Heeler, is a tough, hard working dog who can cover immense distances. A one-person dog he is rather aloof with strangers. To his owner he is eternally loyal, gentle, alert and can easily be trained. Puppies are born all-white with coat coloring appearing a few weeks after birth.

Height: 17-20 inches

Weight: 35-45 lbs.

Colors: Blue, blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue or tan markings on head.

Coat: Smooth, hard, straight, water-resistant top coat and short, dense undercoat.

Temperament: Bold, determined. Good with his family's children, but may not deal with other children well as he will interpret playful wrestling and chase games as a threat or as a call to herd. Wary of other dogs. Good cattle driver and family pet. Good watch-dog, very suspicious of strangers. Good guard-dog, protective of family.

Care and Exercise: Once a week brushing is adequate. Needs long, vigorous walks at least twice a day. Can be headstrong and needs to be taught to obey his owners commands at an early age.

Training: Learning Rate: High

Activity: Very High

Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential. The owner of an Australian Cattle Dog should be a no-nonsense leader.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hereditary deafness and occasional eye problems.

Life Span: 12-15 Years

Litter Size: 4-8

Country of Origin: Australia

History: Developed in Australia around the early 1800's the Australian Cattle Dog was used to cross great distances in herding cattle. Since records were not well kept it is only with speculation that his ancestry is known. He may have been crossed with the blue merle Collie, Old English Sheepdog, Dalmatian and Australian Kelpie. Originally called the Blue Heeler, it wasn't until 1903 that he was know as the the Australian Cattle Dog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC,(GB), UKC