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Australian Cattle Dog: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health (Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Halls Heeler)

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About Australian Cattle Dog

Country of Origin, History of Australian Cattle Dogs

The Australian Cattle Dog originated from Australia in the later part of the 19th century. The Australian Cattle Dog became popular owing to its high level of stamina and herding abilities. Their ability and inborn drive to control the movement of other animals, like a herd of cows, to pasture by leaping and nipping at their heels. They received their name as 'Heelers' owing to their habit of nipping at the heels of a cattle while herding.

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Description of the Breed

A typical Herding Dog, the Australian Cattle Dog is a medium sized dog that is mainly used for herding cattle. The Australian Cattle Dog is a hard-muscled, sturdy and athletic dog without any trace of being frail or delicate. The Australian Cattle Dog is also well known for its agility.


As the name suggests, the coat of the Blue Heeler is blue in color with black, blue or tan markings. Although the puppies of a Australian Cattle Dog are born white in color, their coat color starts to change within 14 to 21 days.

A seasonal shedder, the Australian Cattle Dog is double-coated (to beat the weather) with the outer coat being plane and even. The Australian Cattle Dog has dark oval eyes and pointed ears widely set on a round broad head.

Height: 17 to 21 inches

Weight: 35 to 45 pounds

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Australian Cattle Dog Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Australian Cattle Dog Activity Level

Exercise requirement

A herding dog by nature, the Australian Cattle Dog needs high amount of exercise that involves running, retrieving and playing. Lack of activities and boredom can lead to major behavioral problems like aggressiveness and destructiveness. They enjoy it immensely when their owners involve them in activities that will keep them physically and mentally busy.


A seasonal shedder, the Australian Cattle Dog needs regular brushing or combing with a firm brush to keep away ticks and mites. Eyes and ears should be cleaned regularly for hygiene purposes. Bathing should be done when only necessary.

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Health and Care

The most common health issues noted by owners have been musculoskeletal (spondylosis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and arthritis) and reproductive (pyometra, infertility, and false pregnancy.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years.

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Group: Herding Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 46

Also Known As: Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler

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