We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is an Australian Heeler?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The Australian Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle Dog, is a medium-sized, muscular breed of dog with a wide head and pricked ears. The Australian Heeler's double coat includes a thick undercoat and a short, speckled outer coat. The Australian Heeler breed includes Red Heelers and Blue Heelers, and all puppies are born white, with only their paw pads indicating their future adult coloring. The Australian Heeler originated in Australia where it was developed to handle the rugged Australian Outback.

The Australian Heeler has such a well-developed herding instinct, that many Heelers have been known to take little bites at people's heels to try and herd them! They can make good pets, but it's extremely important that these dogs are allowed to be active and productive. Australian Heelers need to be a part of what is going on and are working dogs. If left alone in a yard, they tend to be destructive rather than productive because they are easily bored.

Of course, with their high exercise needs, Australian Heelers do not make good apartment dogs. They make excellent watch dogs as they are alert and protective, but at the same time they need human companionship and many Australian Heelers are one-person dogs. The Australian Heeler is not the best breed to have around children, but they can make good family pets if they have been well socialized as puppies. Poorly socialized Australian Heelers tend to be aggressively dominant with other dogs.

Most dog breeds are prone to certain diseases, and the health problems associated with the Australian Heeler include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), hip dysplasia and deafness. Hip dysplasia, which is a malformed hip joint, affects many dog breeds. PRA is an inherited eye condition that leads to blindness and also affects many different breeds of dogs. However, the Heeler's inherited risk of deafness is thought to be from early breeding with the Dalmatian since about 30% of Dalmatians develop deafness or some degree of hearing loss.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.