Breed Group : Herding
Weight : male: 35-45  lbs (15 – 20 kg ) ; female : 35-45  lbs ( 15 – 20 kg )
Height : male: 18-20 inches ( 45 – 50 centimeters ); female: 17-19 inches (43 – 48  centimeters )
Breed Overview Information :The Australian Cattle Dog was bred for endurance, toughness, and herding. It originated in Australia in the 19th century. Other than its real name, it is also called the blue heeler. It is mixed with a smooth blue-speckled Collie from Scotland, wild Australian Dingoes, Australian Kelpie, Dalmatian, and Bull Terrier. After the crossbreed, it produced a very good herding dog. This is one of the three most popular dog breeds in Australia.
Breed Character Information :The Australian Cattle Dog is almost an all-around dog. It is a kind of those small dog that is strong, compact, and agile. Its alertness is reliable. These small dogs are the king to be trusted for its courage is not doubted and it is devoted to what it is asked to do. It is loyal and affectionate. It is a compact hard-working and sturdy dog. It is one of the dog breeds in Australia that is used in herding. These small dogs are a complete combination of balance, substance, power, and a hard-working attitude.
Breed Coat Information :The Australian Cattle Coat or the Blue Heeler has a double coat that makes it weather resistant. The outer coat is flat, straight, hard, and close. The inner coat is short and dense. As a puppy, the Australian Cattle Dog is born white and then changes in the next few weeks. The color of the coat is in blue, blue speckle, blue mottled, and red speckled. There are black, blue, or tan markings on the blue coat. It is one of the seasonal shedder small dogs.
Breed Temperament Information :The Australian Cattle Dog or the Blue Heeler is a kind of dog that is not suited to being alone in the backyard. With its being a hard worker and intelligent, it can be bored easily that may change its behavior and become a problem. They are one of the small dogs that are very protective of their home, territory, and family. They love interacting with people. It is not recommended that it be left with children they have not grown up with. As a puppy, the Australian Cattle Dog is like other puppies that are lovable. But as adults, the Australian Cattle Dog becomes suspicious of strangers and other dogs. They are not as friendly as the other dog breeds, which get along with other house pets especially cats. The Australian Cattle Dog is not like the other small dogs. It is very dominant in nature. It is not recommended with apathetic dog owners.
Breed Ownership Information :The Australian Cattle Dog is for every family in a way that is protective of the family and the home. It is strong, agile, and intelligent. It would make a good watchdog or guard dog. It is good for a dog owner who is serious and knows what or how to handle dogs especially an Australian Cattle Dog. A family who is looking for a good guard in their home would best need or want a dog like the Australian Cattle Dog.
Breed Activity Information :The Australian Cattle Dog is strong and has a huge amount of stamina, which needs intense exercise. There may become a problem if the Australian Cattle Dog is not mentally exercised. They are not recommended in apartments or city houses but are best for rural or big houses with fences.
Breed Care Information :The Blue Heeler should be brushed with a hard bristle brush every week. Since this is one of the dog breeds that is a seasonal shedder, more attention should be given to their coat. Shampooing it should only be done when it is really necessary with the use of a mild shampoo. It has some health issues like PRA, hip dysplasia, and deafness.
Breed Training Information : Early socialization and the teaching of obedience in its puppy stage are needed for the Australian Cattle Dog, even though it is really obedient. It does not respond to hard or severe methods. Its training should be accompanied by fairness, praise, consistency, firmness, and patience. It is very talented and intelligent that it can do herding, retrieving, guarding, and learning tricks.

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