The blue heeler or Australian cattle dog, is high energy and not suited for apartment life. This is an active breed that require lots of exercise and open spaces in which to run. Without adequate exercise, their energy is often channeled into destructive behavior.
Blue heelers are known for their loyalty and protective instincts and often bond closely with one person. They are natural herders, originally bred to drive cattle over long distances. They can display this instinct to herd and nip with other pets or animals and are not recommended for households with cats.
Blue heelers are intelligent and independent. While they make good family dogs, they can be reserved with strangers. They are also devoted working dogs that thrive when they have a job to do.
Blue heelers are descended from the Australian dingo and smooth collie. They were recognized as an official breed by the American Kennel Club in 1980.