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Reputable Breeders And Australian Cattle Dogs

Aug 17, 2007
The Australian Cattle Dog was 'born' in the late 1800's. Like most of the breeds we know today, this dog was refined through specific breeding efforts. These efforts were made by a variety of people: the Bagust brothers, Brennan, Davis, Hall, and Rose.

Although we know that these breeders had a lot to do with interbreeding various dogs to achieve certain qualities, there is no written history from these gentlemen. Until Kaleski came along and wrote what he deemed as the truth in the breeding, no one had made a detailed recording of the supposed trials, errors, and successes from the breeding processes of the Australian Cattle Dog. Due to this, we have some idea as to the breed history of the Australian Cattle Dog.

Settlers brought their own stock and dogs to Australia. When these dogs were moved into these warmer climates, it was found that they were not suited to the conditions. Most of these dogs were a mixed breed that had long hair. This is why the refining process began.

Around 1850, Highland Collies (Welsh Heelers) were imported by Hall, these dogs were also ill-suited to the climate. These dogs were cross-bred with a native Australian dog, the Dingo. The new breed was known as Hall's Heelers, Blue Heelers, or Merlins. Eventually, Dalmatians were crossed with the new breed because of the Dalmatian's because of their good nature with horses. Herding ability was lost with this cross which made it necessary to cross with still another breed, Black and Tan Kelpies.

There have been reports that the Bull Terrier was also entered into the mix somewhere along the way but there are also a multitude of arguments against this. Another dog that may have been part of the refining is the Barb, but it was unsuccessful.

Through the efforts of these breeders we have an excellent breed of dog which is known by a number of names: Blueys, Queenslands, Queensland Blues, Queensland Blue Heelers, Queensland Heelers, and, of course, the Australian Cattle Dog.

Regardless of what sort of dog you are looking for, it is important you only deal with reputable breeders. If you have decided to buy a puppy, you have to decide what kind and who to buy it from. Whether or not you have chosen a type, make sure the dog you choose fits in with your family. The American Kennel Club (AKC) web site will give you a lot of detail about different breeds and their temperaments.

If is important that the dog fit with your lifestyle and immediate family members. Once you have chosen the appropriate breed of dog, you need to look into reputable breeders.

A reputable breeder is someone who usually breeds as a hobby. These people may or may not show dogs, but they obviously love them. There really is not profit in breeding if the dogs are well cared for both during gestation and after birth. No profit unless the breeder pushes the bitch (proper term for a female dog) hard, over-breeding her and keeping her in less than humane conditions. Puppies not purchased from reputable breeders generally do not have long life spans.

Things to consider as you check into breeders include:
1. The conditions should be humane.
2. The puppy should remain with its mother and siblings at least until 8 weeks of age, this helps socialization skills. Puppies that are not with the mother are not a good bet.
3. Does the breeder have thorough knowledge of the breed? You may know more than the breeder if they are less than reputable and you did your research in choosing your breed. Ask questions and watch for inappropriate answers. Reputable breeders won't just tell you what you want to hear to make the sale.
4. Do they have pedigree information right there for you to see? Proof of kennel club registration is a must. This registration should have the breeder's name on it, if it doesn't, don't buy!
5. Most reputable breeders also provide a health guarantee.
6. Reputable breeders will stay with one or two breeds, any more types of dog and you are looking at someone less than reputable as a general rule.
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