Australian Cattle Dogs
Heeler Has Wild Roots
Bred mainly to herd livestock in the cattle valleys of eastern Australia, the original Australian cattle dog met an interesting twist of fate when it was bred with a dingo.
Yes, a dingo—the free-roaming feral dog found mainly in the Australian outback that preys on livestock…and the occasional human, according to conducted studies.
Ironically, the cross-breeding created the modern-day Australian cattle dog known for its expert heeling skills and protective behavior toward its owners. It is also rated as one of the world’s top 10 smartest dogs, which means this is a working pooch that needs (loves) activities to keep it stimulated and content.
As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your four-legged friend.