Creating the ‘Blue Heeler’ Breed

Also known as the Australian Cattle Dog, the Blue Heeler was developed from Collie-Dingo crosses.


Q. What is a “Blue Heeler?”

A. A Blue Heeler is another name for the Australian Cattle Dog. A third name is the Australian Queensland Heeler.

Back in the 1830s, Thomas Hall, a squatter in Australia with two blue merle Smooth Collies imported from Scotland, bred them to a Dingo. The Collie-Dingo crosses were excellent workers and the best were retained. The red or blue offspring were called Hall’s Heelers and proved to be tough, silent drovers.

Further breeding experiments continued, incorporating crosses to the Dingo, Dalmatian, Australian Kelpie and even the Bull Terrier. By 1893, the breed we know today as the Australian Cattle Dog had been created.


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Autum - 297511   Caldwell, ID

3/5/2015 7:17:09 AM

I love my blue heeler mix, he is the sweetest boy! It's cool to learn about how his breed came to be; loved this article. :)

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Judy   Nashville, Tennessee

6/2/2014 1:58:02 PM

I rescued a dog that was listed as Australian Cattle Dog. He is about 3 years old, Brindle with short floppy ears. Very intelligent. was very well trained, very socialized, house trained... I sent off swabs to get his DNA. it says he is a mix of 4 dogs. The Vet thought he may be mixed with Plott Hound. The report says his mix is Basset Hound, Siberian Husky, Akita and Alaskan Malamute..... He has short hair and at 3 years weight is 44 lbs. Hates hot weather. Loves the cold.

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Katya   Cave Creek, Arizona

9/12/2013 2:32:55 PM

I selected my Blue Heeler from a litter of 9 at 6 weeks; she came to me and was the calmest of the bunch. After training my Pomeranian easily, Sydney was uncontrollable. She spent 4 weeks in 'doggie boot camp' (the last week included the Pom) which was the best investment I ever made. However, the wild streak does come up at inopportune times, so a halter is better than a collar. She howls like a coyote when they are close, and wants to chase deer and javalina. We have the bunnies down pat, she just stalks them. She does have a large vocabulary, and is extremely attentive and wants to go everywhere with me. She LOVES to swim; even has webbed feet. She can swim faster than I can! She still cocks her head when questioning, like puppies does my Pom, tho, something to do with the fact that I have over the top facial expressions. Excellent for agility, as they want to please. Love her to death!! Katya

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Sharon   San Jose, California

7/27/2013 1:45:46 AM

I had this breed, and would recommend this dog highly for a family! My Sadie Mae was the best dog I ever had! She passed away about a month ago, and all I can say is she would light up are house with her personality. That dog was my other child....LOL She was 12 when she passed away, and no other dog will ever replace her. The breed makes such a intelligent, protective over the family, and loves to do everthing and go everywhere you go. I would just say shotgun, and she knew it was time to go for a ride as a whip! She was not into small children, but never would bite. She had to be the center of attention, and would watch every move you made to make sure that you were ok! Loved that dog. This breed of dog is very outgoing, and will try anything you want them to! She loved going on our boat, and would also get on a raft in the pool. This breed is a all around fun dog, and will be your best friend forever! If you are looking for a best friend you would find one in this breed of dog! There is so much more to say, and I could go on and on about the breed. Love the breed of dog!!!! I loved my

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