Australian Cattle Dog

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: Male

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Exuberant, Attention Lover.


United States

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.

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