Australian Cattle Dog

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating
  • Overview

  • Swift, intelligent and eager to please, the Australian Cattle Dog is a working dog if there ever was one. As its name states, the Australian Cattle Dog was originally developed in Australia to assist herdsman in driving their cattle across the vast expanse of the Australian continent.

    Medium-sized, hard-muscled and adaptable, the Australian Cattle dog is at home in the red dirt of the outback or in an upscale apartment in Sydney. Blue Heelers, as they are often called are alert, curious and very independent. It forms a strong bond with its family and may be suspicious of strangers.

    Not to worry, ACDs make great family pets. They are high energy and smart, but also easily bored, which means they need regular exercise and mental stimulation to avoid getting into trouble. Australian Cattle Dogs respond well to  particularly if training it finds interesting and enjoys.

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