Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Blue Heeler, is a sturdy,
compact working dog, powerfully muscled, yet very agile.
They were bred from a mixture of smooth,
blue speckled Collies, wild Australian Dingoes.
Australian Kelpies, Dalmatians, and Bull Terriers.
The result was a strong, compact, symmetrically built herding dog,
with few equals. Heelers are always
alert, intelligent, watchful and courageous which makes them an
guardian for the rancher, his cattle and his property.
Heelers have a weather resistant coat with a short, coarse, straight
outer coat and a short
dense undercoat. Color should be a uniform
red speckle all over or
blue, blue-mottled or blue-speckled.
The dog may have a mask surrounding the eyes and may also carry tan
markings on the forelegs, the jaws and the hindquarters. Eye color
is dark brown.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active, intelligent breed
which can become easily bored, leading to serious behavior problems.
A medium-sized dog, the males weigh 35 to 45 pounds and are 18-20
inches at the withers. The slightly smaller females weigh 30 to 40
pounds and stand 17-19 inches.