Characteristics of Australian Cattle Dog
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Age||12–15 years old|
|FCI breed group||Herding and cattle dogs other than Swiss cattle dogs|
- Another name for the breed is the blue heeler;
- Energetic and very active, they need physical activity;
- Strong and hardy.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a unique breed. She is not only known for her working skills, but she is also one of the ten smartest dogs in the world.
It is believed that the blue heeler appeared in the 19th century, at that time Australian farmers needed an assistant and a guard to drive cows and sheep across the endless fields of the country. The result of crossing short-haired collies and wild dingo dogs was a new breed, which was subsequently improved by adding kelpie and dalmatian blood to it . Experiments were also conducted on crossing Heelers with Bull Terriers , but the result was unsuccessful.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a real hard worker. Representatives of the breed miraculously combine service qualities and the makings of a family pet. Independent and strong dogs easily get along in a large active family. Moreover, they get along well with children – selective culling of aggressive dogs affects. However, the upbringing of the Australian Cattle Dog is still necessary, and from childhood. It will not be difficult: puppies learn quickly and pretty soon begin to understand the owner perfectly.
The Australian Cattle Dog can sometimes be very stubborn. However, if the pet understands that the word of the owner is the law, he will not insist on his own for a long time. True, it should be borne in mind that this breed is characterized by a tendency to show waywardness in small things.
The Blue Heeler is curious and tireless on walks, besides, he is very sociable. For normal communication, he, like all dogs, needs timely socialization.
In addition, the Australian Cattle Dog is an excellent guard and protector. Despite their small size (these dogs are of medium height), representatives of the breed are cautious and attentive. These qualities are due to their professional activities: in their native Australia, these animals are still used as helpers on farms.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a short, coarse coat that needs to be thoroughly combed during the shedding season. Otherwise, there are no special rules for caring for representatives of this breed.
It is important to inspect and clean your pet’s teeth and eyes in time, as well as monitor the condition of the claws . If you wish, for comprehensive care, you can contact a professional groomer who will bring your pet in perfect order.
Conditions of detention
The Blue Heeler can become a city dweller only if his owner is the same fidget, ready to while away the evenings somewhere in nature or in the park. Energetic dogs need long walks, runs and exercise. They will be happy to change routes frequently and explore nearby areas.