Australian Cattle Dog Breed
Prized For Their Working Abilities!
The Australian Cattle Dog breed, also known at the Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, and Queensland Heeler is one of
the best working dogs around.
His development began in the 1800's when herding dogs were needed to control and move hundreds of wild livestock on cattle
drives lasting several days, over the rugged terrain and grazing lands of the Australian outback.
At that time, the
traditional herding dogs were not up to working under these harsh conditions and so ranchers began crossing other breeds
including the Scottish Highland Collie, the Dingo, Bull Terrier, Kelpie and Dalmation to develop the Australian
As a result, everything about his physical structure and temperament was geared toward his job.
The ACD is a compact and symmetrical dog with a muscular body of considerable substance. He
can be trained to carry out many tasks. In addition to cattle, he can move horses, goats, ducks - practically
anything that moves!
Personality and Traits
The Australian Cattle Dog breed is a highly intelligent trainable dog. He is an independent thinker, but with a strong
desire to please, so once you train him, he will take over and do what is expected. Working is what he likes to do,
so train him to do some jobs around the house or he will likely get into unacceptable behavior.
Because the ACD
performed his herding work by nipping at the heels of stock, the traits still remains to a degree and needs
to be addressed during the puppy-biting stage through bite inhibition training and socialization.
It is recommended that owners involve their ACD in flyball, agility or obedience type activities. These are excellent
ways to provide him with the mental and physical activities he needs and will result in a happier and calmer pet.
The ACD is very loyal to his family and has strong guarding instincts, making him an excellent watchdog.
Appearance and Coat Care
Blue or blue mottled, The permissible markings are black, blue or tan markings on the head, evenly distributed. Red Speckle - good even red speckle all over.
The Australian Cattle Dog breed is double-coated. The under coat is short and dense, and the outer coat is of medium texture
Routine grooming and coat maintenance is needed. Regular brushing, bathing as needed, along with nail clipping,
ear cleaning and tooth brushing. Also paws should be inspected for any foreign matter or cuts.
Naturally this dog thrives on and needs a considerable amount of exercise and vigorous walks every day. He will do best in a
family that can provide a lot of stimulating activity - not just a daily walk.
Dog sports are ideal for additional activity.
This breed does best in a rural setting with considerable yard as well as open areas where he can run freely.
The Australian Cattle Dog breed does best with children if he is raised with them from a puppy.
As with any breed of
dog, play between children and any breed of dog should always be supervised by an adult.
Not recommended for the elderly or more sedentary family - exercise needs would be too overwhelming.
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