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Dog breeds, Australian Cattle Dog

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The Australian Cattle Dog is an integral part of the Australian cattle industry.

In 1840 Australian cattlemen crossed blue merle Collies with Dingoes resulting in the basis of the breed. The Dalmatian was then introduced to the blood line adding blue speckles to the coat, loyalty to the master and love of horses. The breed became popularly known as the Blue Heeler. In Australia they were commonly referred to as Queensland Heelers or Queensland Blue Heelers. The breed began showing in 1897. The standard was based on the Dingo and submitted both the Kennel Club of New South Wales and the Cattle and Sheep Dog Club of Australia and was accepted in 1903. The Australian Cattle Dog became listed in the American Kennel Club (AKC) registry in 1980.

The canine is a medium sized dog with a heavy, medium length coat blue grey with black speckles that lies flat on the body. It is a strong and compact animal and is very intelligent. It makes an excellent guard dog.

This is an energetic canine that loves to herd and needs a lot of space. It is a good ranch or farm dog and an excellent pet. Potential Australian Cattle Dog owners should be aware that because they were bred for herding they tend to nip at the heel of people’s feet, especially children.

Milwaukee city dwellers must be prepared to take their dogs out for a good run every day. It is advisable to get a dog park membership.

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