Australian Cattle Dog
Country of Origin: Australia
Height: Male: 46–51 cm, Female: 43–48 cm
Weight: Male: 15–16 kg, Female: 14–16 kg
Color: Red, Blue
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Temperament: Protective, Cautious, Obedient, Loyal, Energetic, Brave
Litter Size: 1 - 8 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to hip dysplasia and PRA. The merle-colored dogs are prone to deafness.
Also known as the Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Halls Heeler, or Queensland Heeler - the Australian Cattle Dog isnt just tough, he is also smart and loyal. Australian Cattle Dogs are high-energy, intelligent and active. Not content with sitting around the house for hours on end, these dogs will encourage you to take them outside for exercise, play and work.
Being herders, Australian Cattle Dogs can be 1 person dogs. Because the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd, and herd with force, by biting, he is a mouthy dog. His instinct is to nip cattle, children, pets, cars, anything that moves. He has a strong tendency to bite, even in play. This tendency must be properly directed with socialization and training when he's a puppy, or it can turn into dangerous behavior.
Some Australian Cattle Dogs may have the urge to nip. A toy can solve this problem. Just be sure it is a tough one: These dogs can tear a typical dog toy to shreds in one sitting.