Australian Cattle Dogs are also known as Blue or Red Heelers, depending on their colour. If you're after an intelligent, hard-wired working dog that's compact, speedy and very versatile, the Australian Cattle Dog could be perfect for you.
Their temperament is hard to categorise, as they can be anything from soft and cuddly to very dominant and protective. But some characteristics you can be certain of, like their wariness of strangers, their need for lots of action, and their faithfulness to their owners. They may also seem like they never need to sleep!
Bred for jobs like herding, or moving cattle, this breed needs a job to be happy. And they usually need more exercise than just walking - agility, obedience and any other dog sports are recommended.
Training a Cattle Dog isn't hard, but you need to be confidant and set boundaries from the start. It is therefore not an ideal breed for first-time dog owners.
|Life expectancy:||12-15 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||Average|
|Activity level:||Very high|