The oldest dog on record was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey.
Bluey lived almost 30 years. That figure is in human years.
Dogs mature faster than humans.
According to canine age experts, a one-year-old dog is about 15 years old
in equivalent human years. The average life expectancy of the Australian
The cattle dog is about 12-15 years old.
Bluey was exceptional because it survived all the online life expectancy calculations. It may have been his diet or his genetics. The life expectancy of dogs increases dramatically due to better diets, better medical care, and better living conditions.
Bluey fell asleep on November 14, 1939 at the age of 29 years and 5 months.
The official AKC breed name for Bluey is “Australian Cattle Dog”. Sometimes these
the dogs are called “heelers” because they were developed in Australia to control
cows. The dogs were trained to herd cattle by biting and nipping at their heels.
Bluey’s ancestors are Collies, Dalmatians, and the native Australian dingo.
Bluey was heavier and more muscular than his ancestor, the Border Collie.
The ACD has been working on Australian ranches since the beginning of this century.
Bred to withstand extreme temperatures and the ingenuity to drill up
feeding like a wild dog made the ACD a very independent pet.
The coat is smooth with a double coat that is resistant to
elements. The breed is constantly shedding and requires regular brushing.
Bluey and his race are:
- Sturdy and compact herding dogs
- Well developed muscles
- Powerful, strong and agile
Size and height:
- Weighs around 32 to 35 pounds
- Height 17 to 20 inches.
The breed is medium in size.
Bluey and his breed are very good with the children in the family. This breed has a natural
protective instinct. They are very loyal dogs and easy to train. These dogs need
to attend canine obedience classes. As a result of their canine obedience classes, they
They will be absolutely obedient companions.
ACD tends to show some aggressive tendencies towards loud and strange.
children who tend to make fun of the animal. These dogs will pinch people’s heels
and children because of their inherent “heeler” traits. They can be suspicious
both individuals and other dogs.
This breed needs regular exercise. A daily walk will keep the dog satisfied. This breed is
very easy to train. The dog wants to be busy, so involve the dog in the stimulation.
activities like “fetch” or frisbee.
Give the Australian Cattle Dog a toy and he will play with the toy until the toy is totally destroyed. They will run for clubs, balls, and even cans. The breed is fun and playful and makes an excellent companion for children.
- Requires a large open patio.
- It barks at any change in the environment.
- Needs attention.
When an Australian Cattle Dog gets bored, it tends to become destructive.
The dog will destroy any objects left in its area. ACD is a
active dog and wants to run and jump in open areas.
Genetic health problems can include the following:
- Progressive retinal atrophy (causes blindness)
- Hip dysplasia,
- Temperament abnormalities.
- Attention deficit disorders
Few ACD owners complain of loneliness or lack of companionship with this breed.
The ACD wants love and attention and will return it ten times over. Bluey is not
longer with us, but the ACD breed, Australian Cattle Dog is one of the most popular dogs in the United States and the United Kingdom.