Believed to have been developed in the middle of 19th century in Australia, this breed of dog was bred to herd the cattle in the rough inland terrains of the country. The bloodline of this breed of dog can traced to a mix of Collie imports from Scotland, wild Australian Dingoes, Australian Kelpie, Dalmatian, and Bull Terrier. Initially this breed was known to as the Australian Heeler. Australian Cattle Dog is also referred to as the Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, and Queensland Blue Heeler.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a slightly rounded, broad head; somewhat pointed pricked ears, longer body with a curved tail reaching almost to the hock. It has a double, weather-resistant coat, which comes in blue, blue mottled or blue speckled with or without black, blue or tan markings on head. The outercoat is short and straight, and the undercoat is short and dense. Normally, an adult Australian Cattle Dog will grown up to a height of 17–20 inches, and weigh around 40–45 pounds.
Red or blue, and some display both colors at the same time.
The Australian Cattle Dog can be destructive, if not properly socialized and trained from the puppyhood stage itself. As this breed of dog has abundant energy, it should be engaged into some productive work or they might become destructive. Daily exercise is a must to divert some its energy.
The Australian Cattle Dog is prone to diseases such as PRA, hip dysplasia, and deafness.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR