Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
By Aaron Chase
Posted July 1, 2013
I don't actually own an Australian Cattle Dog (Otherwise known as a Blue Heeler) But I am good friends with someone who got one as a puppy, his name is Koon.
For the first few months, if not over half a year I many times heard them talking about seriously wishing they did not get Koon in the first place. Here's why:
He had (Actually still has, he is probably about 1 to 1 1/2 years old now) incredible puppy exuberance, he would (and still does, even though he has gotten slightly better through much training) jump on visiting friends, bark at them incessantly and loudly, run in circles around anybody, and sometimes even nip at you. And not just friends, often times even the owner.
In other words not exactly the easiest dog to own, unless you have a lot of time available to train.
The interesting thing is since my friends had a baby (Who is just a few months old now) Koon has always been very gentle, and careful with the baby. As if he realizes that babies are fragile, and he must be careful.
In the end I recommend this breed only for those who are prepared, and interested in taking on such a dog.