Australian Cattle Dog Facts

Country/Region of Origin: Australia

Life span: 13 to 15 years

Weight:  30 – 62 pounds (13.6 – 28.1kg)

Gestation:  61 – 65 days.

Health Issues in Australian Cattle Dogs:

Interesting Facts on Australian Cattle Dogs:

Australian Cattle Dogs were originally bred to herd cattle in Australia.
There are no clear records on the first ACD’s bred but it is thought that they were bred by crossing the Dingo with the Dalmatian and a variety of different collies by the Hall family in the early 1800’s.
Australian Cattle dogs are often used to play the roles of Dingo’s in films.
Their alternative names are Hall’s Heeler, Queensland Heeler or Blue Heeler.
When herding cattle they will often bite or nip them on the heels, hence the name “Heeler”
Many cattle farmers will train their inexperienced Australian Cattle Dogs on ducks.
The second oldest living dog ever recorded was an Australian Cattle dog named Bluey who was born in 1910 and by the ripe old age of 29 was put to sleep in 1939.
ACD puppies are born totally white and by a few weeks their coat turns into a blue or reddish colour.

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