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The Blue Heeler are herding dogs that originated in Australia. In the nineteenth century, when the Americans had cowboys to herd, the Australians mixed the Dingo (Australian wolf) domesticated with the Dalmatian, the Kelpie and the Collie to get a cautious dog that could work with horses, and big ability with herds, and also a unique hair.
This dog has a lot of names, not only Blue Heeler. It is also called Australian Dover, Blue Dog, or Australian Heeler. He is called “Heel” because it is a special guide dog, he bites its heels while guiding the herds, but without hurting himself.
Referring to its temperament, we have a very energetic dog but also very dependent. He loves doing everything with its owner: work, play, rest, eat… any kind of activity is good if he does it with its owner. But he needs to do a lot of exercise. In fact, he is made to run as much as he wants, so it isn’t good to have him hidden. He needs to take long walks every day, and you can take him to the fields and let him run freely, the more, and the better! He will be very thankful.
He needs physical and mental stimuli. He really needs it. The Blue Heeler isn’t a dog that can keep passive all the time, he needs something to do, and if its owner doesn’t do that, the dog will find some work to do…but the results won’t be likely: he will dig holes, destroy plants and he will bite the furniture without control. Boringness is one of the worst enemies of these dogs, even as much as their owner’s indifference.
The Blue Heeler, isn’t a dog suitable for any home. It is a good election for active people, or with a lot of experience with dogs, but it isn’t recommendable for big families or with children, because the animal will follow them when they are running and he could even hurt them unconsciously.
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