Australian Cattle Dog

Ease of Training
Shedding
Watchdog
Guard Dog
Popularity
Size

History

  • He originated in Australia from dogs who were crossed with Dingo's in 1840
  • He was developed for the sole purpose of herding cattle
  • He allowed Australian farmers to maintain huge herds of cows on large, open farmlands
  • He was first known ad the Australian Heeler and is also called the Blue or Queensland Heeler in Australia

Personality and Behavior

  • He's extremely intelligent and learns your commands very quickly
  • He's devoted and affectionate to his owners
  • He is highly athletic
  • He protective of his property, family and other household pets
  • He may try to herd children or guests, nipping at their heels
  • He gets along well with dogs he knows but can be aggressive around dogs he doesn't know
  • He's suspicious and cautious around strangers
  • He's very alert and makes a good watchdog
  • He has a very high energy level and likes to be active outdoors
  • Not given enough exercise or mental stimulation he will find ways to occupy himself: often destructive

Training

  • He's one of the easiest of all breeds to train because he learns so quickly. (There's only a few of these super-fast learning breeds--and he's one of them!)

Shedding

  • He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

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