Friday, August 1, 2014

Dog of the Month: Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog was originally developed for driving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. This is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that's sometimes called "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler" depending on its color. This name comes from its tendency to move reluctant cattle by nipping at their heels.

Australian Cattle Dogs are intelligent, independent, and filled with energy. If you want a dog willing and able to work all day, this is it. Due to the nature of their job, they are also courageous. A stubborn cow doesn't faze an ACD.

They form a strong bond with their humans and can be protective. Like all working breeds they have an abundance of energy, and do best when they have something to do. Besides being fantastic herders, they do well in many sports.

Australian Cattle Dogs are robust dogs with an average life span of 12-14 years. The world's oldest dog was an ACD, and lived for nearly 30 years.

~ Maria Sadowski ~ 


  1. They have an interesting color of fur. Bailie had one in her first two obedience classes. They had to be separated because of the mischief they got each other into!

    1. Hahaha, I can see that. One of my friends run a dog rescue and she saves many Australian Cattle Dogs. They have so much energy, and think of a lot of mischief. Awsome dogs! =D

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    1. Yes! They are pretty awesome! =D I have a soft spot for all herding breeds.

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