Temperament: Alert, Curious, Pleasant
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 54 of 194
Height: 18-20 inches (male), 17-19 inches (female)
Weight: 35-50 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Group: Herding Group
The compact but muscular Australian Cattle Dog, also called Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler, is related to Australia’s famous wild dog, the Dingo. These resilient herders are intelligent enough to routinely outsmart their owners.
American Kennel Club
About The Australian Cattle Dog Breed
Here are a few facts you might not know about Australian Cattle Dogs or ACDs
ACDs are one of the most Intelligent dog breeds
Cattle dogs requires hours (yes, that’s hours with an s!) of exercise and mental stimulation every day, or expect a life of nuisance barking, chewing, and escapes. (photo credit: Barqs The Cattle Dog)
ACDs have a dense double coat that sheds twice a year
Cattle dog pups are born white
This trait most likely comes from their Dalmatian heritage. Puppies start getting colorful quickly and you can see their pattern strongly by six weeks. (Photo credit: Barqs as a baby)
The oldest dog ever was a cattle dog
The Guinness Book of World Records holder for the oldest dog is held by a cattle dog, Bluey, who lived a record 29 years and 5 months
Cattle dogs are bred to work with cattle specifically
The name ‘heeler’ comes from the job of driving cattle by nipping at their heels. Cattle are more ornery and so much larger than sheep, it takes a special kind of dog to get their attention— and respect.
ACDs were accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1980
The standard for the breed was set in Australia in 1903. The breed moved from the Working Group to the Herding Group when the AKC revised grouping in 1983. Read the complete Official Standard of the Australian Cattle Dog CLICK HERE. (Photo credit: Our CDC member Gea from Merida, Mexico winning the Pan American Champion title).
Cattle dogs are descended from Dingoes
Originally, “English sheepdogs, or “kelpies” were brought to Australia to herd, but they didn’t have the oomph to work long days under the hot Australian sun moving cattle hundreds of miles. Those heelers were then cross-bred with native Australian dingoes and later with dalmations and collies to lock in desired traits.
What's a Bentley mark?
The white blaze seen on the forehead of all cattle dogs is often refered to as a “Bentley mark”. Mr. Tom Bentley’s dog was said to have been both beautifully built and an incredible worker. Bentley’s Dog (known by only that name) was reportedly widely used at stud to retain these outstanding characteristics in today’s cattle dogs. (from www.cattledog.com) (Photo credit: Boba The Blue Heeler)
Barqs The Cattle Dog
Cattle Dog Clubhouse Co-Founder
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Teddy Bix Garnet
Cattle Dog Clubhouse Co-Founder
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burlington, North Carolina, USA
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