Working Australian Cattle Dog

May 14, 2005

A working Australian Cattle Dog is a high energy dog. VERY high energy. We had one for a short time that I got from a friend. However, we didn’t have proper fencing, and we had to send him back because he was roaming around into the neighbor’s yards and trying to play with the kids. But he was so full of energy, he knocked them down and sometimes scratched them.

Oz, my brother's Australian cattle dog
If we had fencing, he would have been wonderful to keep on the farm.  In the proper setting, these dogs can be a great addition.  They are hard workers and highly intelligent.

Australian Cattle Dogs are also often refered to as: Heelers, Blue Heelers, Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers, Queensland Blue Heelers and Queensland Red Heelers.

They are a healthy breed with an average lifespan of twelve to fifteen years. They are a medium sized muscular dog that stands 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm.) at the withers (shoulders). Their weight range is variant around their general build but on average falls between 30 and 50 pounds (14 to 23 kg). The Australian Cattle Dog comes in two colors: Blue or Red.

This video is a montage of still photographs that are positively stunning. They show the ACD at work.. HARD at work! And at play.  It clearly shows why they are often called “heelers”‘ as they nip at the heels of cattle to get them going in the right direction.

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