Over 35 plus years I've found the
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler as they are most
commonly known in Australia) to be my most loyal friend and ally.
A friend who protects without
A friend who gives and gives
and gives some more without wanting.
A friend who will work by your
side all day and night if required without expecting payment.
And a friend who will always
be there for you when you arrive home.
My Australian Cattle Dogs are
always a part of my family and woe-betide anyone who tries to bring harm
to myself or my family members within range of my Blue and Red Heelers. I
have but one person to thank for this fantastic breed of Aussie dog...
Back in 1830 a cattle farmer
(rancher) by the name of Thomas Hall unhappy with the limitations of
his English Northumberland Blue Merle cattle dogs decided to experiment and make
a hardier more suitable breed of cattle dog for the harsh Australian
He crossed his English cattle dogs
with a few of the domesticated Dingoes (wild Australian dogs) on his
property to create the very first of the Australian Cattle Dogs. In those
days known as Hall's Heelers.
Over the next 10 to 30 years he
refined his breeding program and possessed the only cattle dogs in the
land that were hardy for the harsh Australian outback conditions, could
run all day, were smart and easy to train and herded cattle well without
being too rough on the cattle. The "perfect" cattle dogs.
Thomas Hall's, Hall's Heelers were
renowned throughout the outback of Australia. The Hall brothers owned one
of the largest cattle runs from upper Queensland right down to near
Sydney. Many of their drovers used the Hall's Heelers with great success
and effect throughout these properties.
It was only after Thomas Hall's
death in the latter part of the 19th Century and the subsequent dispersion
of the huge Hall empire that the Hall's Heelers' became available to any
other cattle ranchers throughout Australia. Thomas Hall had refused to
sell or part with any of his dogs whilst he was alive.
Now of course the original Hall's
Heeler breed was consolidated and refined even further during the 20th
Century through the undertakings of several of Australia's higher profile
"Heeler" breeders and fanciers in particular the Bagust Brothers
of on or around Sydney.
A standard for the breed was
written by Joseph Kaleski very early in this century (1903) to help
standardise and establish the
breed although it wasn't until the 1930's approximately (don't hold me to
this) that the breed was accepted as it's own breed and the standard
adopted by Australian Kennel Clubs.
At various times during the 20th
Century rumours have it that there were other breeds injected into the
"Australian Cattle Dog" or "Heeler" as they were then
more commonly known. Breeds such as the "Bull Terrier", the "Dalmatian"
and a few others. The truth is the
Australian Kelpie (itself a breed crossed with the wild Dingo) was the only other breed to be injected
into the Australian Cattle Dog in the early 1920's approximately. This was established through recent DNA testing without
It is also thought that the Kelpie
is where the Australian Cattle Dog developed the distinctive tan markings
on it's legs and head and "bow-tie" tan marking on it's chest. Although
one must bear in mind that the wild Australian Dingo is also a light golden
sandy brown in colour too.
The Australian Kelpie itself was
developed and bred for the herding work it had to do in Australia and to
this day is another of the most successful of the herding breeds.
Today this most loyal of all
working dogs we officially call the "Australian Cattle Dog" and
unofficially but more commonly the "Blue Heeler" is slightly different
looking to the very earliest photos of the the original
"Heelers" albeit has retained and even improved upon the
characteristics that Thomas Hall had in mind when he first established the
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