Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium sized dog with a short haired coat. These dogs have lots of energy and are very intelligent. Originally bred in Australia for herding cattle.
It is thought that they were bred from a mix between Collies, Bull Terriers, Dalmatians, and Dingos.
This dog is more muscular and heavier than Collies and have a better temperament. These dogs also have superior herding abilities. This breed retains the big head and strong bite of the Bull Terrier. From the Dingo, this breed retains the pointy ears.
Other names for these dogs include the Blue Heeler, the Read healer, and the Queensland Heeler. The Blue and Red Heelers get their name because of the two primary coat colors of this breed, blue and red.
These dogs are great for obedience and agility competitions. With their high levels of energy and intelligence, they perform very well in competitions. They also love to catch Frisbees.
The average life span is about 12 years, which is average for medium sized dog breeds.
This dog is most suited for people who have large fenced in backyards or who like to be very active with their dogs. This breed does not do well in small apartments.
Due to the short haired coat, Australian Cattle Dogs shed less than other dogs and also is less likely to cause allergies than average.
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