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Dogs - Australian Cattle Dog


The Australian cattle dog is sometimes called a blue heeler. Blue is a common colour - with speckles & patches. They can also be red - a red heeler! They are also called Queensland heelers. Queensland is a state in Australia.

Australian cattle dog breeder (Blue heeler)   Chardine Kirchner,  Cell No: 0823189562, E-mail Address: Chardinealshama@live.co.za. More on our webpage Duxcha


An australian cattle dog on the look-out Dog herding cattle

About cattle dogs

Cattle dogs were used to herd cattle on the vast ranches of Australia, so they developed a breed that was lean, energetic and muscular. The dogs drove cattle by nipping their heels or tails. Hence the word, "heeler."

The coat is short, dense and oily, with a wooly undercoat. Longer hair grows on the tail, which droops down. There is a white tip at the end of the long tail.

Australian cattle dogs are never merle or roan. The coloring is called ticking.

The ears are erect, giving the dog an alert appearance.

Australian cattle dog

Left: Gerca Karumba is owned by C. Buitendach

Size: medium - female Australian Cattle Dog about 43 to 48 cm at the shoulder. A male Australian Cattle Dog should measure about 46 to 51 cm

Weight: 16 to 23 kg.

Nipping bulls in the heel is a dangerous occupation! An angry bull can kick back. Some snakes employ the same tactics - lying camouflaged  by the path & striking passers-by in the heel. It's a picture of the way Satan attacks the unwary. The Bible compares Satan to a snake. "He (Christ) will crush the snake's head, and you will strike his heel." Genesis 3, 15. There's an ongoing fight between good & evil.

In South Africa they are sometimes called, "beeshondtjies."


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