Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer)
Homeland and time of occurrence: Australia, XIX century; height 43–51 cm, weight 16–20 kg. australian-cattle-dog-blue-heeler-01
Description: A tireless worker and capable attentive companion are the main qualities of this breed. Australian herding dogs have thick and straight coat with speckled coat. Most puppies are generally born white, but as they grow, the color of the wool darkens.Australian shepherd dogs are often called blue healers – in memory of the now defunct breed of dogs that tend to bite cattle by the legs.
Breed history: The breed was bred in Australia specifically to work with herds of wild cattle. It was obtained by crossing breeds such as the smooth-haired highland collie, dingo, dalmatian and Australian kelpie. Work on the breeding of Australian shepherd dogs began in the middle and continued until the end of the 1800s, with the aim of providing pastoralists with a hardy dog that could survive in the harsh conditions of the countryside.
Games, entertainment, recreation: These are very active dogs. They love to herd and adore aggressive games. Australian-cattle-dog-blue-heeler-02
Attractive traits: The Australian Cattle Dog is a great worker. She gives her love recklessly. but also likes to be surrounded by attention. These dogs are innate advocates, distinguished by unquestioning obedience, as they strive to please the owner. They quickly learn new skills.
Health problems: blue healers susceptible to congenital deafness
Features of the content: If the dogs of this breed are deprived of attention, they start to get bored, and their character changes for the worse. Do not leave them alone or on a leash. Remember that thanks to the innate shepherd instinct, these dogs can start to feed anyone. In addition, they are wary of strangers, so it is recommended to teach a dog to the community of people from an early age.
Miscellaneous: It is advisable to whip the coat of these dogs, without waiting for molting. Australian shepherd dogs shed alone (males) or twice a year (females who know the males).
The average life expectancy of an Australian herding dog is about 12 years.