In the middle of the 19th century Australian settlers needed a strong dog to drive wild cattle from the countryside to Sidney. The “Smithfield” provided for this purpose did considerable damage and frightened the cows by barking incessantly.
The settlers tried to replace the Smithfield with other breeds of dogs, but it was a failure until the Queensland Heeler appeared, a hard-working, strong and obedient dog, a mix of Dingo, Collie, Dalmatian, Sheepdog and Kelpie.
After many trials to get to our breed, they managed to find a stable dog, a silent worker who could handle cattle in large areas as well as in cattle pens. Finally, our type was stabilized and in 1903 the description of our breed was written and adopted by the New South Wales Kennel Club. Later our breed was named the Australian Cattle Dog.
We are one of the most enduring dogs there is. We are one of the most enduring dogs in the world. We have no equal when it comes to controlling a herd, whether in large or small areas. We are always alert, intelligent, astute, obedient, alert, courageous, agile, protective, hardy and reliable. We do not adapt to a quiet life without activities.
We are fully dedicated to the work entrusted to us, our loyalty and protective instincts make us the ideal guardian and friend of the whole family. Our good nature allows us to be versatile, both at home and in dressage competitions. But a lack of activity will make me very unhappy. I’m a dog that needs physical activity, so I’ll need a master who will keep me in shape. Needless to say, if you prefer an inert dog, my breed will not suit you, I will be the most unhappy dog if I don’t get my daily dose of activity.
What do I look like?
Our size for the male can reach 17 to 20 inches at the withers and the female a little smaller at 16 to 19 inches. The male weighs about 40 to 50 pounds while the female weighs 35 to 45 pounds.
Our appearance is robust, stocky, energetic and flexible.
Our coat is dense, water repellent, short haired and longer in the hindquarters. Our coat is bluish, blue-spotted, red and red-spotted with or without black dominance, it has bluish and tan spots on our head and legs. We do not ask for regular brushing, no special cut for the maintenance of our coat.
Our head is broad, our skull slightly rounded, our muzzle tapered. Our eyes are dark brown and oval shaped. Our ears are moderately long, pointed and straight.
Our tail is long, low, slightly curved.
Before adopting us, please make sure that I meet your expectations!