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Australian Cattle Dog

Size: Medium

Weight: 33 - 55 lbs.

Height: 17" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Health Problems: CHD; OCD; PRA; deafness; elbow dysplasia

Origin: Australia

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

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Australian Cattle Dog will need daily vigorous exercise. This dog is not recommended for city or apartment living.

Grooming Needs

The Australian Cattle Dog needs minimal grooming, but it sheds heavily in the spring and needs regular brushing during this time.

Temperament

The Australian Cattle Dog is a high-energy, smart, strong-willed breed that tends to be wary of strangers.

Compatibility with Kids

Must be thoroughly trained if kept in homes with children.

History

This breed dates back to about 1897 when it was developed by pioneer settlers to herd livestock. It originates from a mix of Smooth-Coated Collie, Dingo, Dalmatian, Australian Kelpie and Bull Terrier.