Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Australian Cattle Dog

Synonym(s): Blue heeler, Queensland heeler


General information

  • Originated in Australia for use as a cattle herding dog. Results from 6 decades of cross breeding, including the Dingo, Red Bobtail and Scotland's Blue-merle Collie.
  • Versatile and fearless but naturally wary, it is not good with children or other dogs and must be well socialized at an early age.
  • Not suitable to the urban environment; makes a good watch dog and prefers a hotter climate.

Biological Data

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