Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler

Breed Group: Herding
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Overview
Originating in Australia during the 19th century, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred for endurance, herding abilities, and toughness. Often referred to as Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, and Queensland Heeler, this breed is considered to be one of the three most popular dog breeds in Australia.

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Character
The Australian Cattle Dog is compact, strong, alert, and agile. This breed is trustworthy, courageous, and is exceedingly devoted to the duties they are given. A member of the working and herding group, the Australian Cattle Dog is a combination of substance, balance, power, and hard muscular condition.

Does your Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
An extremely intelligent, loyal, and affectionate breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is protective of their family, home, and territory. They thrive on human interaction and activity but are easily bored which can lead to serious behavior issues. This breed is generally not good with children they have not been raised with. They are typically suspicious of strangers and may be aggressive to dogs they do not know. They do not get along well with other household pets or cats. This breed will attempt to herd and nip at the heels of anything and everything that moves. The Australian Cattle Dog has a high level of dominance and is not recommended for the novice, sedentary, or apathetic dog owner.
Care
The Australian Cattle Dog needs weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush. Extra attention should be given to the coat during seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo. This breed is prone to such health issues as PRA, deafness, and hip dysplasia.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Australian Cattle Dog has a weather resistant double coat. The outer coat is flat, hard, straight, and close. The under coat is dense and short. The color of the coat comes in blue, red speckle, blue speckle, or blue-mottled. The blue coat has markings of black, blue, or tan. Puppies are born white. However, adult coat color is visible in the pads of the paws. This breed is a seasonal shedder.
Training
Early intense socialization and obedience are crucial for the Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is extremely obedient. Australian Cattle Dogs do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, praise, consistency, and patience. They are very talented in such areas as herding, agility, retrieving, guarding, competitive obedience, and in learning tricks. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Australian Cattle Dog has an inordinate amount of stamina and requires a great deal of exercise. This breed will become destructive if not sufficiently stimulated. They are not recommended for apartment or city dwelling but do best in a rural setting or in a home with a large securely fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
35-45 lbs
Height
Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
Color(s)
Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks.

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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Questions

We have a 9 week old Australian Cattle Dog pup. He’s great but randomly gets this burst of energy and wants to destroy everything. Normal? Also can be aggressive for short periods wanting to bite us but I’m going with it’s just puppy play. Other than that he’s great. Any comments or advice? Thanks

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Needs to be "fixed" then in a couple months his attitude will slow down and he will relax and let him know u do not approve of his aggressiveness put a hand on him and speak forcefully saying " no " loudly

When should an Australian Cattle Dog puppy's testicles drop?

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At 8 weeks old, the testicles should already be dropped and can be felt by a vet. However, they will start to grow and be noticeable around the 4 month range.

My niece adopted an Australian Cattle dog, but it's head, neck and chest areas are white with red in coloring. Can this really be an Australian Cattle Dog?

Answer:
Yes, your niece is the proud owner of a Red Australian Cattle Dog. A.C.D's can come in red or blue coloration's with tan patches and sometimes even red and blue coloration's in the same coat. The white markings are normal and allowed in the breed as well.

Are Australian Cattle Dog's good with cats or can they be trained to be good with cats?

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The Australian Cattle Dog has a high prey drive, as they are a herding dog. The prey drive makes them chase after anything that moves but that does not mean they want to hurt the animal they are chasing after. If a pup is socialized with a cat as a puppy and trained to ignore them, then the breed can easily live with a cat or two.

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I have 4 ACD's and 3 cat's and they all get along

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I have 4 blues & 6 cats they chase them but won't hurt them..Got to tell them to play not kill...very smart and want to please owner

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