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8 Problems Only a Australian Cattle Dog Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 7, 2023

Ahh, the Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is the canine equivalent of a caffeinated squirrel. They’re lively, intelligent, and have more energy than a toddler after a sugar rush. Life with an Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or Blue Heeler, is never dull – but it does come with a unique set of challenges. Here are eight problems that only an ACD owner would recognize and secretly adore.

1. Sleep? What’s that?

ACDs have a seemingly limitless supply of energy. As an ACD owner, you might as well bid farewell to relaxing strolls and lazy Sunday mornings. Instead, brace yourself for marathon fetch sessions, and yes, the occasional sprint around the living room at 3 am because who needs sleep?

2. Independence Day, every day.

Australian Cattle Dogs are fiercely independent. They’re the lone wolves of the dog world. The bad news? This can make training more challenging, as ACDs tend to follow their noses (or an interesting-looking leaf) over your commands. But hey, who doesn’t love a good challenge?

3. Your furniture, their chew toy.

ACDs are natural-born chewers. Whether it’s your shoe, your new sofa, or that book you were planning to read – if they can reach it, they can chew it. A word of advice: invest in durable toys (emphasis on the ‘durable’).

4. They’ve got the ‘zoomies’… all the time.

If you thought the ‘zoomies’ were an occasional burst of energy, your ACD is here to prove you wrong. These bouts of frenzied running are a daily occurrence, turning your living room into a racetrack. They’ll leave you half-amused, half-bewildered, and fully aware of the term ‘herding dog energy’.

5. Personal space? Not a thing.

ACDs form strong bonds with their humans, and they express this affection by staying close. And by close, we mean your-lap-is-their-permanent-residence close. Bathroom breaks, Zoom meetings, dinner dates – your ACD will ensure they’re a part of it, whether you like it or not.

6. Your friends, their ‘herd’.

Australian Cattle Dogs are natural herders, and they take their job very seriously. This might mean attempting to ‘herd’ your house guests by nipping at their heels or encircling them. It can be a bit embarrassing, but just remind your friends that they’re part of a very select herd.

7. Digging: the secret hobby.

Your backyard is a potential excavation site waiting to be explored by your ACD. They love to dig, making you the unexpected owner of a landscape full of holes. On the bright side, if you ever need to plant some trees, your ACD is more than willing to help.

8. They’re smarter than you’d think.

Australian Cattle Dogs are incredibly intelligent, often leaving you wondering who’s training whom. Their keen problem-solving skills will keep you on your toes and might even lead to some hilarious “How did they do that?” moments.

While life with an Australian Cattle Dog is a whirlwind of energy, they are also one of the most loyal and hardworking breeds. They’ll be your exercise partner, your personal shadow, and your most devoted friend. Sure, you’ll have to deal with the zoomies, the digging, and the constant herding, but the love and companionship of an ACD make it all worth it. With them, every day is an adventure, and honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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