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
Fox, the dog who thinks she is the boss
Although Fox did not have any "formal" training, she was very easy to train and quick to learn. She even sometimes knows the difference between left and right. Fox is a very serious dog who wants to devote herself to a job. She believes her personal jobs are ball-playing and hiking. Don't mess with her while she is doing these! These are serious business! Luckily, Fox has a natural inclination to stick around and stay out of trouble, because she is not always the best listener. She thinks she is the boss and therefore usually only listens when she wants to. She also hates being moved from a spot where she has gotten comfortable. Fox also barks, ALL THE TIME. Fox does not always get along well with other dogs. She's more of an independent girl whose loyalty goes entirely to her human family. Despite her sass, you cannot help but love Fox. She is extremely intelligent and very devoted to her family. She really wants nothing more than to please you..
From JessLeighPeck Sep 13 2016 9:41PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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