Let’s talk about Australian cattle dogs

I hardly consider my love for Australian cattle dogs to be a secret. My family has owned and loved them since I was a young girl, and now Blaine and I have one of our own; Lenny is an Australian cattle dog mix, but I still think she fits the blue heeler criteria, even if she has some other herbs and spices blended in with her.

I’d like to think I know this breed of dog rather thoroughly, but they keep you on your toes, regardless of how familiar you are with them, or the amount of experience you have in owning one. Check out the following information about these incredible dogs from akc.org.

“The compact but muscular Australian Cattle Dog, also called Blue or Red Heeler or Queensland Heeler, is related to Australia’s famous wild dog, the Dingo. These resilient herders are intelligent enough to routinely outsmart their owners. Standing between 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, the Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, hard-muscled herder of strength and agility. The ACD is born with a white coat that turns either blue-gray or red. Both coat colors may feature distinctive mottling or speckling patterns. ACDs have immense work drive and excel at controlling and, of course, moving livestock. Their boundless energy and supple gait make them excellent running partners. ACDs are true-blue loyal, famously smart, tenacious, ever alert, and may be wary of strangers. If an ACD isn’t challenged, it easily becomes bored and may get into mischief. It is recommended that ACD owners participate with these versatile dogs in some work, sport, or regular exercise to keep them mentally and physically fit.”

I can personally attest to the characteristics of these dogs as described above, and hear me when I say these dogs require almost constant interaction, attention, and activity. I do implore you to hear me yet again when I say these dogs are arguably the most loyal, intelligent, and protective breed you will ever have the pleasure of owning.

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