Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dogs were originally herding dogs, used to running hefty distances over rough Aussie terrain. As such, they have strength and agility and are also intelligent. The Cattle Dog is a mid-sized, short-haired canine that usually has other brown or black hair interspersed through white coat.Australian Cattle Dogs are often referred to as a 'Red Heeler' or 'Blue Heeler'—depending on the colour of the dog's fur. This robust and energetic breed can often be protective of its owner and reacts well to training.

Other Names
Blue Heeler, Hall's Heeler, AuCaDo
Country of Origin
Australia
Colour
Colour varies from blue and red-speckle with red, tan, black or blue markings on the head and ears.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Measure 43-51cms and generally weigh 16-20 kgs
Health
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low susceptibility to disease. Common ailments include deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Eczema and kidney issues.
Life Span
10-14 years
Intelligence
With a willingness to learn and work these hard working side kicks are usually a pleasure to train. As they age it is possible they may experience a lack of self confidence. Owners must be willing to praise and encourage if they notice a change in temperament.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

This breed can follow a normal dog diet although will require greater nutrition during working periods.

 

 

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
As a a work dog, this breed is will be in excellent shape. They need frequent walks, runs in the park and mental stimulation in the form of training is ideal. Australian Cattle Dogs have also been known to succeed in agility trials.
Ailments
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low susceptibility to disease. Common ailments include deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Eczema and kidney issues.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

With an occasional brush your Australian Cattle Dog will be good to go.

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
These energetic Aussie dogs are a result of deliberate cross-breeding over a period of 60 years from the 1830s. With a mix of Australian Dingo, Dalmatians and Bull Terriers, this breed has been known as it is today since 1893.


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