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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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 Australian Blue Heeler Temperament And Dog Breed Information

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Blue Heeler Temperament

Watchful, alert and highly motivated, the Australian Blue Heeler is a full force breed and does nothing in half measures.

 Their temperament can be hard headed, stubborn, quite suspicious of strangers and their friendship must be earned. Once a Cattle Dog has taken a shine to you however, they are your friend for life.

Affectionately referred to as Velcro or shadow dogs, a Blue Heeler will stick by your side like glue;  they are your point, your sidekick and your best pal all at once.

The Blue Heeler temperament is extremely active, fast paced and therefore needs a lot of mental stimulation - much like the Australian Kelpie. A bored Heeler is not only trouble, but destructive.

This Heeler NEEDS to be with people and cannot be left chained or penned in the back yard. If they become isolated like that, it will lead to all sorts of  behavioral problems. they need to be part of the action and constantly on the go.

Children Australian Heeler’s are not the best dog to associate with children unless they have been raised with them since puppy hood or have been well socialised around them.

They tend to nip at people's heels in an attempt to herd and will treat young children as badly behaved sheep.

Avoid strictly working lines if you are looking for just a pet, as these dogs are too active and intense for home life, but even then be prepared for a seriously full on dog.

If you are looking for an easier family dog then fear not as there are numerous brilliant breeds that are good with kids

Protection: Suspicious of strangers and fiercely protective if they perceive their property and/or people are being threatened, they are the offensive lineman of the canine world and make excellent guard dogs. May well be aggressive to strangers and other animals if not properly socialized.

Training: Due to their intelligence, the Blue Heeler is easy to train, but only when you have gained their respect and trust, these dogs wont suffer fools gladly, any prospective owner needs to know what they are doing or the Blue Heeler will just start training you instead. At about the time of puberty they may well start challenging other dogs and people for dominance, an out of control Cattle Dog is capable of absolute mayhem if not properly in line.

This is not a good breed for the first time owner.

Keep things interesting while you are training your Cattle dog. Whilst they learn fast they can also get easily bored with repetition. Firm, fair, and fun training methods work best.

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The Blue Heeler Temperament is Loyal, Active, Versatile ,Biddable and Protective  

Blue Heeler Dog Breed Information and Notes

Shedding / Grooming: Weekly Brushing to remove dead fur, heavy seasonal shedding.


Since this is such an active breed an owner/handler must make a firm commitment to exercise, ideally they need a job to do or an outlet for their strong drive. Blue Heelers make great running or biking companions. But  care must be taken not to over exert a young dog or it can ruin growing joints. Heelers  are also outstanding in Dog Sports such as  Fly ball, Agility and Frisbee.

Health  Australian Blue Heelers are generally quite a hardy breed, but do have some medical conditions to be aware of: such as PRA, dysplasia, cateracts , acls, patella luxation.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal Heeler Owners are Experienced and alpha, active and able to provide this breed early and continuous socialisation plus obedience training.  Have an outdoors orientated life style and can give this breed an outlet for its unrelenting activity rate.

Not For apartment dwellers, timid types, first time owners, sloth like couch potatoes, small children under 6 or 7.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

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The Blue Heeler is commonly known as the Australian Cattle Dog or Queensland Heeler and was developed by Australian cattle ranchers during the mid 19th Century, who needed a cattle droving dog that had the endurance to cover long distances in the very hot arid conditions typical of the Australian outback.

By crossing native Dingo's and Scottish Collies, the Hall’s Heeler was developed who is the Blue Heeler’s immediate ancestor.To this mix was added a bit of Australian Kelpie and Dalmatian to produce the vibrant and active breed we see today. The breed goes by many names and they were officially recognized by the AKC in 1981 as the Australian Cattle Dog.


 The American Kennel Club and Others

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“...Any dog that can be kicked in the head by a range steer and come back for more must be tough and courageous and cannot be forced into submission. This breed must be outsmarted and conviced your wish is theirs”.

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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