The Australian Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle Dog, Hall’s Heeler, the Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler is a robust, tireless, compact working, courageous dog. They are well-muscled, agile, determined while working and powerful. The tail is held moderately low hanging at a slight curve. The length of the body is a little longer than it is tall. The front legs are round bone, straight, strong and extending to the feet. The toes are short and the feet are round. The skull is slightly curved between the ears, flattening to a definite stop. The ears are pricked when alert, wide-set and moderate in size. The nose of the Australian Cattle dog is black. The dark brown, medium-sized eyes have oval shape. The teeth meet in a scissor-bite, with the lower incisors closing behind and just touching the upper. They have a smooth double coat with a short dense undercoat. Coat colors: red speckled, blue, blue-mottled or blue speckled with or without other markings. Puppies are born white because of a gene they inherited from the early Dalmatian crosses. You can sometimes tell the adult color by looking at the paw pads. Black markings are not desired in the show ring.
Temperament of the Australian Cattle Dog
They are loyal, brave, hardworking and herding. It’s one of the most intelligent breeds. They are not the kind of dog live happily in the backyard with only a 15 minute walk or to lay around the living room all day. They need a lot of exercise and something to occupy their mind daily or they will become bored. That can lead to serious behavior problems.
They will do best with a job and need action in their life. This alert dog will excel in agility and herding trials and is excellent in the obedience ring. The Australian Cattle Dog can be obedience trained to a very high level. Firm training starting when the dog is a puppy and a lot of daily leadership, along with daily physical exercise will produce a wonderful and happy dog. Protective, they make an very excellent guard dog. He’s absolutely loyal and obedient to its master. Sometimes they are suspicious of people and dogs they don’t know. They can be very dog aggressive, for its dominance level is high.
Teach your Australian Cattle Dog you will not tolerate him fighting with other dogs and that you are alpha. Well balanced Cattle dogs are trustworthy and good with children. Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train. Problems will arise with meek owners and or owners who do not provide the proper amount of exercise. They does best with a job to do. This is nog a breed for you if you do not have time to exercise your dog, or their need to have leadership and do not fully understand canine instincts.
Height: Dogs 43-51 cm, bitches 43-48 cm
Weight: Dogs 15-16 kg, bitches 14-16 k)
This race is not recommended for apartment life and does best with at least a large yard. Does best with a job to do. These dogs have incredible stamina and will enjoy all the activity you can give them. Exercises are of paramount importance – without enough they can become destructive and bored. You cannot simply tossing a ball. While they will enjoy this ball play, their brains need to be stimulated. Makes an excellent jogging companion. They need to be taken on long daily walks. Do not allow a cattle dog to walk ahead of you, but beside or behind you to re-enforce the human is alpha.
About 12-15 years.
The short-haired, weather-resistant coat is very easy to groom. Just comb and brush with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. They tends to shed their coats once or twice per year.
Origin Dogs the settlers brought with them from Europe were not able inhospitable climate of the new continent and to handle the long distances. The Australian Cattle Dog was developed by pioneer settlers in the 1800s. They were crossing Dingo-blue merle Collies to Dalmatians and black and tan Kelpies. The result were dogs who were herding cattle, excellent workers on large ranches. The dogs worked the stock quietly yet forcefully, willing and able to drive cattle across vast distances under hot dusty conditions. With superior stamina, it was well suited to Queensland. Both its guarding and herding instincts are very strong. The Australian Cattle Dog talents are retrieving, herding, guarding, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.