Breed of the Month: Australian Cattle Dog

Description: The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is a medium-sized dog.  They are known as a red or blue heeler. This is because their coats have black or brown hair through out their white coat.  ACD’s are known for their high level of intelligence, energy, and for wanting to herd animals. They like to keep busy and may even heard your family members.  To keep the ACD out of mischief, owners should give them a task or job to focus on. This will encourage positive behavior.

History: Originating in Australia, a man name named Thomas Hall crossed the Dingo with the Blue Smooth Highland Collie.  This breed was named “Hall’s Heelers”. After Thomas Hall passed away, the breed was free to travel outside of his family and then the common name, American Cattle Dog was used.

Size: The ACD measures, on average, 43 to 51 centimeters. These dogs are longer than they are tall and weigh about 33-49 pounds.

Temperament: The ACD is a very smart breed, they were ranked 10th on the Stanly’s Coren’s “Intelligence of Dogs”. When meeting strangers, the ACD may become reserved and cautious. Some owners have trained them to become loyal watch dogs.  If you plan on having them around lots of individuals, it is encouraged to work with them on meeting new people. That way they feel more at ease.  ACD are known for their amazing companionship and loyalty to their family.

Grooming: ACD’s do not shed year round. It is said that males blow their coat once a year and females twice. When this happens, it is encouraged to give them a warm bath and brush them.  They also need regular maintenance on their nails and teeth.

Health: After reading up on the ACD, the most common health concerns were deafness and blindness. It was also reported that both of these issues were hereditary.  Due to such an active life-style ACD are prone to injuries. This was noted as the “most common health risk”.

Exercise: The ACD are a very active breed. These dogs need a task to complete at all times. They were bread as a herding animal and need a lot of exercise due to their high-strung personality.  Some owners have their dogs compete in speed and agility courses. This will keep them very active.

Lifespan: ACD generally age well, especially when they are kept active throughout their life. The average lifespan is 11-13 years.

Trivia: A blue heeler was featured in the movie Mad Max 2.


Breed of the Month: Golden Retriever


Description: Golden Retrievers are strong, large, long-hair dogs. Their inner coat provides warmth while spending time outdoors, and their top coat helps to keep out water. The color of the coat is golden, red, and slightly wavy. Golden’s have dark eyes, a strong jaw, and muscular neck.

History: The Golden Retriever originated in Scotland and was developed by Lord Tweedmouth. He bred a yellow retriever with a tweed water spaniel, which is now extinct. Later on the Irish setter and the Bloodhound were bred into the mix, which helped to create the Golden Retriever we see today.

Size: Males weigh an average of 65-70lbs and are 23-24 inches tall. Females weigh 60-70lbs and are about 21 1/2 – 22 1/2 inches tall.

Temperament: Golden’s are very loyal and loving dogs. They are ranked the 3rd most popular family dog in the United States. Most Golden’s are known for their kind and friendly temperament. This breed is known for many different jobs. Golden’s make great service dogs for the blind and deaf, but also great hunting companions. Golden’s great around children.

Grooming: They should be brushed once a week and every day during heavy shedding. This helps prevent the amount of hair shed. Golden’s should be bathed about every two months. It is also important to keep their ears clean. This helps to prevent ear infections.

Health: In 1998, a study was done by the Golden Retriever Club of America. It was found that 61.4 percent of Golden’s died from cancer. Due to Golden’s having a large appetite, they are prone to obesity. Golden’s also have hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, heart disease, joint disease, and ligament rupture. Due to having a large list of health issues, it is recommended that you take them in for yearly vet checkups.

Exercise: The Golden should have a daily exercise routine. They enjoy being active outdoors. Taking them for walks, playing fetch, or even participating in an agility course are just a few examples. Golden’s also enjoy relaxing, it is important for them to enjoy their free time too.

Lifespan: About 10 to 13 years.

Trivia: Golden Retrievers have made special appearances in films such as Homeward bound, as ‘Shadow’ and the Air Bud series as ‘Buddy’.