The Australian Cattle Dog, also referred to as the Queensland Heeler, the Blue Heeler, and the Hall’s Heeler, is an Australian working dog. It is a short, stocky dog that grows to be about 20 inches tall and weigh about 45 pounds. It has a double coat. Its undercoat is dense and its top coat is smooth, straight and compact which makes it water resistant. The health problems that affect this breed include deafness, eye problems, and hip dysplasia.
This breed is very protective and bold. They can make a great family dog, however, they often can be aggressive towards strangers and others they don’t know. Their long history of being bred to be protective means that you need to socialize them early and well. Establishing leadership and teaching proper rules and boundaries is a must.
Training should be firm but fair and should involve a lot of challenges for your dog’s mind.
To care for this breed you will need to brush their coat once a week. Make sure that you remove debris from their coat when you find it to avoid skin problems. They are an active breed that need vigorous exercise at least twice a day. Exercise such as focused walks and fetch can be great as they exercise both the body and the mind. Their temperament can be a bit stubborn at times so you will need to train this dog to be obedient, because this dog may naturally want to push to get his or her way. If cared for properly this breed should live between 12 and 15 years.