Blue Heeler

Growth Size

Blue Heelers grow to a height of 40 – 50cm, and a weight of 13 – 28kg.

Lifespan

13 – 15 years.

Temperament

The Blue Heeler (also known as the Australian Cattle Dog) is an intelligent, energetic, and loyal breed. They can nip at people in an attempt to herd them if this behaviour is not curbed at an early age.

Training Difficulty

Obedience training is a must! Luckily, this breed is very easy to train. Behavioural problems can arise if pack leader dominance is not asserted over a Blue Heeler.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for active families who can easily provide the exercise and stimulation a Blue Heeler needs.

Origin

Blue Heelers were bred specifically as working dogs. Endurance, toughness, and herding abilities were the main characteristics bred into this breed. This made them perfect for Australia's rural terrain. These days they are rarely used as working dogs, as Kelpies and Border Collies are now the preferred option.

Diet

Two meals a day for adult dogs. This should be made up of 1 and a half to 2 and a half cups of high quality dog food (split between the two meals).

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Absolutely minimal maintenance is required for a Blue Heeler. They don't require brushing, and can be bathed yearly.

Comments

Puppies are born white (except for any solid-colour markings on the face or body) and the traditional Blue Heeler colouring grows in as they mature.