Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Australian Blue Heeler; Queensland Blue Heeler; Queensland Heeler; Red Heeler; Australian Heeler; AC
The Australian Cattle Dog was developed to herd cattle in the wide open spaces and sometimes harsh or high temperatures of Australia. A wide mix of breeds went into its DNA, including the wild dog of Australia, the famous Dingo. The result is a tireless and highly intelligent working dog with energy to burn. All herding dogs enjoy solving problems and working alongside their humans, but this breed has a special need to get out in the great outdoors with an active owner.
This is not the choice for an apartment pet or the family who prefers to kick back on the couch. The Heeler does have a powerful drive to nip or herd cattle, which could be a problem around children or even fragile adults. You need to bring your best dog psychology to channeling this breed's energy into positive channels. If you are not capable of providing consistent guidance to your pet, this dog might run right over you.
They can be a great companion on a farm or ranch.
Appearance / health:
The Australian cattle dog has unique markings and it is physically close to the Dingoes of Australia. Striking in appearance, these dogs often have a dark red patch or black patch over one (single mask) or both (double mask) eyes. Some dogs have a white blaze called a Bentley on their foreheads, similar to many horses. The tail is low and hangs in a slight curve.
Known as a "wash and wear breed," the Australian Cattle Dog requires little grooming, as it does not shed throughout the year, but only once or twice a year for a period of two weeks. In this period, these dogs shed their undercoat in massive clumps. Brushing the body regularly is required to keep the coat healthy. Bathing with a quality mild shampoo does not affect the dog's coat.
Australian Cattle Dogs demand a lot of exercise and find ways to meet this need. Their energy needs an outlet through either work or exercise in the form of running, games, or swimming otherwise, they become noisy and destructive.
The Australian Cattle Dog is prone to hip dysplasia, a condition in which the hip is not formed properly and eventually may cause lameness. Complications involving the eyes, kneecaps, and thyroid might arise. Deafness occurs in some dogs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), an inherited disorder which effects the retina of the eye is unfortunately becoming more common in the breed, and can cause blindness beginning at a very early age. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is a registry foundation which tracks heritable eye disorders. Responsible breeders know the PRA status of the parents and each of the puppies in the litter, and selective breeding is being done to eliminate the problem from the breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Extremely enthusiastic and hardworking, these dogs do not tire out easily. Always watchful and alert, these dogs need to be busy; else, they become cautious and timid or destructive. They are wary of strangers.
Their tendency toward heeling is strong and can cause problems if not trained properly. They are fast learners who like varied training sessions to cater to their energetic minds.
They are quite noisy.
herding instinct, good ranch dogs, great watchdogs, all-round family dog, energetic
intense socialization, excessive barking, tough demeanor, stimulation, small backyard, constant shedding
strong herding instinct, awesome hiking buddy, herding, strong work, tough cookie, high energy levels
The Blue Heeler
Austrailian Cattle Dogs also are known as Blue Heelers, if their color happens to be the blue merle. Much like other herding breeds Blue heelers must have a lot of training and socialization when they are young. Not only is socialization important, but the owner must have an adequate amount of training to ensure the pet will listen to them. Blue Heelers can be a very intelligent dog and can mean that training can be very easy or very difficult. If it is in your plans to own an Austrailian Cattle Dog do yourself a favor and your new puppy and get enrolled in a puppy class. Puppy classes are great because not only is it a class for your puppy, but a class to teach YOU how to train your puppy. It's a win-win and an essential key to owning a well behaved Blue Heeler. As for a dog that is emotionally stable. It is very hard to gauge that. They are a dog that shows very little pain, but a dog that can snap in an instant for seemingly no reason. Most of their emotions revolve around their family, their pack. They are very protective over their pack and will bark when an intruder comes up to their domain. They are a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming and health with short hair and erect ears that keep them from having ear infections..
From JMalone CVT Dec 20 2018 3:50PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 565 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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