The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), also known as a Blue or Red Heeler depending on the color of the coat, is a herding dog developed by Australian farmers in the early 19th century. These dogs are one of the hardest working and toughest breeds to exist and will often work through injuries without their owners knowing.
These 30-50 pound dogs were specially designed to be very durable to handle the extreme heat and vast terrain where they would herd cattle in Australia. ACD’s are very high-energy dogs, and they are also extremely intelligent. This combination means that they must be mentally stimulated every day, otherwise, there’s a good chance that you will come home one day to your house turned upside down!
Most people who own an ACD will know that these dogs love to chew, and there is a good chance that there has been a couple of pairs of shoes that have fell victim to them. ACD’s were bred to nip at the heels of cattle to herd them, and this herding trait is still seen in ACD’s when they try to nip at anything moving, whether it be a car, other dogs, or even you!
Overall, these pups make great family dogs and are extremely loyal. Being bred for farms, they also make great watchdogs and will not back down against any intruder. ACD’s are well known for attaching themselves to one member of the family, and rarely leaving their side. So, how do you make sure this person is you? Treats, belly rubs, and no baths!
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