Are There Rescues for Queensland Heelers?


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There are many rescues for Queensland heelers. This dog breed is more commonly known as the Australian cattle dog in the United States, and most of the rescues use the more common name instead of Queensland heeler.

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The Australian cattle dog was developed in Australia from imported collies mixed with native dingoes. The goal was to produce a dog that could work cattle silently and withstand the harsh weather of the outback. By the late 1800s, the dogs were variously called Hall's heelers, Queensland heelers or blue/red heelers. Dalmatian and bull terrier genetics were mixed in to create the modern breed. In the United States, the breed was initially called the Queensland heeler, but the name was later changed to the Australian cattle dog, which is the name recognized as of 2014 by the American Kennel Club.

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