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Australian Cattle Dog |Australia|

Australian Cattle Dog |Australia|

The Australian Cattle Dog is also called a Blue Heeler, Australian Heeler, or Queensland Heeler, and is one of the most efficient stock dog breeds in the world. They were developed during the nineteenth century through careful selective breeding, specifically to work cattle. In addition to their superb working skills, Australian Cattle Dogs are also efficient watchdogs and protective of their homes and vehicles. They can make excellent family companions, but require substantial exercise and diversions. They can also make very good agility dogs.

History

The Australian Cattle Dog traces to the working breeds brought to Australia with early settlers, particularly a type of Collie known as a Smithfield, which took its name from Smithfield market in London, England. Smithfields were crossed with Australian Dingos, and Rough and Smooth Collies from Scotland, to produce good, non-barking working dogs that became known as Hall’s Heelers and were increasingly popular among cattlemen. This basic stock was influenced by Dalmatians and, most significantly, black-and-tan Kelpies. The result was a unique looking working dog with a Dingotype appearance and unusual coloring. A breed standard was drawn up in 1902, and in the 1960s the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America was established.

Puppies are born white but develop their color within a few weeks of birth.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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