Just as their name implies, these sturdy, robust dogs are great herders. They are also loyal, loving, affectionate companions. Australian Cattle Dogs come in two varieties - Blue Heeler and Red Heeler - which refer to their most common colors. Aussies are medium sized and active, incredibly intelligent and eager to work.
Australian Cattle Dogs were bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels, which is why these dogs are commonly referred to as "heelers."
This breed was developed by 19th-century Australian settlers to herd cattle on large ranches. Australian Cattle Dogs contributed to the success of the Australian beef industry by successfully herding the wild-tempered cattle with assertive bites to their heels.