HERDING DOGS: BORDER COLLIE VS. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG


– [Narrator] Dogumentary
TV, producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube (barking) (slow-paced guitar) – My name is Rachel Maness,
I work here at On The Lamb ranch full-time, I’ve been
working here for the last two years and I work primarily
with Australian Cattle Dogs although I do also have a Border Collie. Border Collies are great
pets and working dogs because they’ve got a drive and
focus, and intelligence that’s really unmatched, they are
brilliant problem solvers and that can make them a
little bit difficult if they don’t have a job to do. Australian Cattle Dogs are
slightly less suited for suburban life, they are
specifically bred to solve their problems with their
teeth and you can run into a lot of problems with nipping
if they aren’t properly stimulated, Cattle Dogs are
very much a one-person dog though, if you imagine a
dog that loves everybody like a Golden Retriever or a Labrador, and a dog that just
loves everybody they meet and just take all of that
love and focus it like a laser on one person, and that’s how
much your Cattle Dog loves you they are very focused on their person. I’ve been involved with Cattle
Dogs since early childhood, the first ones I ever met
were on a cattle ranch where I took horseback riding lessons,
and those dogs were amazing they could do anything, and
after a full day of work they were happy to run behind
the pickup truck all the rest of the evening. I wanted to get into agility,
and I wanted to find a breed that could do all of the
dog sports, and of course I went with a Cattle Dog,
since coming here to work on the land, though, I found
I also needed a Border Collie to help with the sheep. The Border Collie is very good
at precision and gathering the sheep and getting them
exactly where I want them to go and my Cattle Dog provides a lot of power, so the Border Collie I’ve
only had the Border Collie for a couple of years now,
Cattle Dogs I’ve had all my life and they are amazing. Border Collies are bred to work
sheep out on the highlands, they’re bred to work far out
from the sheep and move them with their eyes, they’re
called a close-eyed breed, they are bred to move the
sheep by staring at them. Cattle Dogs are bred to
move big, nasty, angry cows in the Australian outback,
they’re bred to be aggressive, stubborn and in your face,
and get up there and get those animals to move, so I find
combining them I have a dog that can move the sheep with
great precision from a great distance, and sometimes that’s
not enough power to move the sheep when they don’t wanna
go, when they’ve gotten into somewhere they shouldn’t be
and they’re eating the haystack or the grain, I’ve got just
stubborn sheep that don’t wanna go, the cattle dog is
phenomenal at moving the sheep and getting them going and
getting them motivated, because the sheep don’t
actually think that the Border Collie is going to eat them,
but they’re pretty sure the Cattle Dog will,
given the opportunity. (Low-key blues music) Australian Cattle Dogs were
developed in the early 1800s not long after Australia was
settled in the late 1700s they were developed
specifically by Thomas Hall in New South Wales, he needed
dogs that could move thousands of cattle because
he had over a million acres of grazing land and
he was putting thousands of head of cattle out on
these pastures and it was unfenced, they were leaving
the cows out there for months at a time and the
cows were just nasty, and he needed dogs that
could move with power and force, and could also stand the heat, and the dogs that were
coming from England that the settlers were bringing
with them couldn’t handle the climate, so what he
needed was something with the climate and the power and
ability to move the stock, that could also handle
the Australian climate and moving thousands of
cows over hundreds of miles to market. So what he did was he took
the Northumberland Rovers dogs from the North of England up
on the border with Scotland, the same place Border Collies
originated, these were some of the dogs that would eventually
be called Border Collies, and he crossed those with
the native Australian Dingo, and so what he got was a dog
that would bite the heels of the cows to get them
moving and could move even the nastiest, wildest cows, and
could move, again, thousands of cows over hundreds of miles. Before he developed these
dogs, Thomas Hall had written that he’d lost 200 cows in one
day, out just in the brush, because the terrain was so
rough, so he developed these dogs that could move the
cows and keep them together and they didn’t have that
kind of losses after that. (Slow harmonica, guitar) The Border Collies originated
on the border of England and Scotland and they were
bred to get sheep that had been out on the highlands
without a lot of predators, and so the sheep would be
spooked by sending a dog out to get them, so you had
to have a dog that could work out, far and wide,
and not spook the sheep, and move them with gentle pressure. (music) Border Collies are bred to work on sheep, Cattle Dogs are bred to work on cows, Border Collies are bred
to be chasing sheep around in grassy hills of Scotland,
Cattle Dogs are bred to be herding cows in the
Australian outback, to move cows through a mountain
range in the middle of New South Wales, so
Cattle Dogs are tough and they are stubborn, I
personally think they are the toughest dog out
there, as an example there was a dog a few years ago
named Sophie, in Australia, who fell off a boat in
shark-infested waters, in really rough seas, swam
five miles to an Island, hunted feral goats for about
three months until they decided that she posed a
problem to the native wildlife, she was trapped like a wild
animal, returned to her family, went home and slept on
the couch that night. The Australian Cattle Dog
is a breed with many names, they started out being
called Hall’s Heelers, until about the 1870s when Thomas
Hall died and his lands were sold off, from then
they were called Heelers, they come in two colors,
blue and red, and they’re frequently called Blue
Heelers, Red Heelers, or Queensland Heelers, these
are all the same breed, it’s all the Australian Cattle Dog. The breed name that the
kennel clubs decided on when they decided to
start registering them in the 1870s was Australian Cattle Dog. The first breed standard was
written by Robert Kaleski in 1903. Working sheep with a Cattle
Dog is a little bit of a challenge, because she
does have a lot of power and my Cattle Dogs are
specifically bred to work cows, so a lot of it is convincing
the Cattle Dog to work farther enough and calm
enough that the sheep don’t really think the Cattle
Dog is going to eat them, although they’re always
a little bit worried. (upbeat music) In a pet home, Cattle Dogs
and Border Collies both excel at activities like agility,
disc, frisby, dock diving, really anything where their
brain is being engaged, they’re not the kind of dog
you can go run five miles with all day, run five
miles a day with and then they’ll be tired, they
need mental exercise too, so if you’re going to
run them five miles then you need to go home and do
some trick training with them, teach them to sit up, teach
them to spin in circles, they are wonderful dogs for
people that enjoy training their dogs, they’re not
couch potatoes, I do think Border Collies are a little
bit better with children, Cattle Dogs tend to be
very nippy, they are born wanting to bite things’
heels, and while most puppies are very nippy, Cattle Dogs
are more persistent about it than most. Border Collies can be very
sweet, sometimes a little bit sound sensitive, they have
feelings, you can hurt their feelings, they are wonderful
dogs, some of them make great service dogs, they’re
up for doing whatever you want them to do. Border Collies are more
likely to love everybody, Cattle Dogs and Border
Collies need about the same amount of socialization
and exercise and training, I do think that Cattle
Dogs, the socialization aspect is a little bit more important, Border Collies tend to
default to being mostly okay with everybody especially if
they’re from a good breeder. Cattle Dogs just come in one
coat type, they shed a lot but they don’t tend to matt
up, so as long as you don’t mind sweeping things up and
combing the hair off of them they require very little
grooming, I like to say that mine is made of Scotch Guard and
Teflon because nothing sticks to her, no burrs, no foxtails, nothing. Border Collies come in two
coats, you can have smooth coats and you can have rough coats. The smooth coats tend to
be like my Cattle Dog, they shed a lot, but
they don’t pick stuff up. Border Collies with longer
hair you do have to comb them out, especially out here I have
to check my dog for foxtails all the time, I feel like
the rough coats don’t shed quite as much, but they
do require some grooming to make sure they’re not
getting matted and tangled. Cattle Dogs’ breed standard
says they should be between 17 and 20 inches and weight
isn’t as important as balance. What you get with the shows
though is you get dogs that tend to be long in the
back, short in the leg, and very heavy-bodied, and you
end up with dogs that can’t really work all day, this
is a breed that’s supposed to be running in the outback all day long, and if you see ones on ranches,
mostly working cattle dogs can work all day, but the
confirmation ones that you see in the show ring, they’re
trending more and more towards losing that ability to work
in favor of this big, heavy, low body. Border Collies have a huge
range especially working Border Collies can be 25
pounds or 70 pounds, they can be long-haired, short-haired,
their ears can go any which way they can be any color. My Australian Cattle Dog is
named Sissy Godzilla, she is a Red Heeler, she’s a little
bit unusual for Cattle Dogs because she was born with a docked tail. Cattle Dog breed standard
says they’re supposed to have a tail but sometimes they’re
born with a naturally short tail, so she was born
with a little tiny nub, we didn’t cut it off, but
people do sometimes dock their tails, I think there’s
some confusion between the Australian Cattle Dog
and the Australian Shepherd, the Australian Shepherd was
developed in the American Southwest to herd sheep that
were coming in from Australia, Australian Cattle Dog was
actually bred and developed in Australia, Australian
Shepherds are supposed to have their tales docked, and
I think at some point there was a bit of a
disconnect because there is an American tradition of
docking Australian Cattle Dogs even though it’s against
the breed standard and it’s not traditionally
done in Australia. Sissy Godzilla weighs about 28
pounds, she’s 17-inches tall, she’s very small for a Cattle
Dog, she’s also very leggy, so she doesn’t look at all
like the show ring dogs, but she certainly has the
ability to cover ground and zoom as fast as she needs
to go to get out and around the sheep. She is two years old, she
comes from working lines in Arizona. My Border Collie Zip is
three years old, she was born here at On The Lamb ranch,
she’s an On The Lamb dog bred by Robin Elliott, and
she is an amazing worker, she can figure things
out like no other dog, I can send her out where I
think there might be sheep, and if there are sheep out
there she will go and get them. Sometimes I do occasionally
lose her because if there’s not sheep over that hill,
she’ll be over the next hill and keep looking until
she finds some sheep. Zip is 18 inches tall, she
weighs 36 pounds, she’s a little bit on the light
side, but for a female Border Collie she’s
right in breed standard. Zip is a long-haired Border
Collie but she doesn’t have a heavy coat, so
she jumps in stock tanks to cool off all the time,
and then with a few minutes later she’s dry cos she’s
got a fast-drying coat, specifically for that purpose. Sissy Godzilla, when we
first started herding sheep she was pretty sure her
entire purpose here was to bite the sheep and so
training for Sissy was originally don’t bite the
sheep, do anything other than bite the sheep, and
once that clicked for her she turned into an amazing working dog. (bird tweets) So Zip and I once went out
to the field where I had some sheep inside a portable
fence and it turned out they had escaped and
they hadn’t just escaped out of their small area,
they’d escaped off of our land completely and they were
out in the public lands in heavy brush where people
are known to get lost 100 feet from the trail
and be lost for a week because you cannot see
anything, and all I could hear was a bell on one of the
sheep somewhere out there, and I said Zip go find the
sheep, and about ten minutes later she brought be back
all 30 sheep in a nice little row and it was brush over my
head and I couldn’t see them and she just went and got them all. (guitar blues) I love Australian Cattle
Dogs, they are a breed like no other, they are
tough, they are stubborn, and if they decide they’re
gonna work for you, they’re gonna be stubborn in your favor. They are fierce, they are
untamed, you can always see a little bit of that Dingo in them, especially the red ones (laughs). Since the early days of the
breed there’s always been a concept that the red ones
have a little more Dingo in them and it’s thought
to be a myth but I honestly kind of think maybe there’s a
little bit of truth to that. Border Collies are amazing
as far as their precision, their brains, their
ability to problem solve, and their ability to do
things independently, and together I find the two
breeds make a perfect pairing for the jobs that I need
to do here on the ranch.

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100 Responses

  1. zander says:

    why don't people ever use more traditional herding dogs like rottweilers or Cane Corsos you can leave them out with the sheep and they will protect them

  2. Stacked Pennies says:

    Had a black Kelpie that passed to cancer. She was better behaved and less skittish then the Red Heeler I have now. Not sure why…

  3. Carrina Murphy says:

    meanwhile the one who's actually going to eat them is the human

  4. Caesar Chavez says:

    Great explanation, very well done, she is a great trainer and she know exactly how this two breeds are, I had them both.thank you

  5. Jackson Wilson Music says:

    From my experience, German Shepherds are great at herding children lol

  6. DozerRoyale says:

    Sissy Godzilla looks like an Australian Stumpy-Tailed Cattle Dog, recognized as a separate breed from ACD; "on the small side" & "leggy" (compared to ACD) and born with a stumpy tail is within breed standard. I have one of each and my ASTCD looks like SissyG.

  7. The New Natives says:

    In Australia , they are called stumpy tail cattle dogs. They are completely normal and the way they are supposed to be. You see lots of litters with half stumpies and half have tails.

  8. Cat Bird says:

    What an awesome dog mom. She loves her job and certainly loves her animals. Towards the end of the video, you can see her special bond with her red healer.
    Great video.

  9. yvonneost12 says:

    Your a very knowledgeable young lady.

  10. pigglet and pooh bear says:

    Can you teach the dog to hit them with a stick in their mouth instead of nipping?

  11. Ty Trammell says:

    Love your channel

  12. HighSpeedNoDrag says:

    Have you ever observed a Aussie Cattle Dog/Blue Healer jump up and rest in a small tree? Tubbs was crazy and one of the most loyal dogs and not Dog Park recommended. Also, target practice and or gun fire did not bother Tubbs. Miss you Tubbs.

  13. josh Wilson says:

    I have a Australian cattle dog must be a mix between red and blue has all the colors her names daisy she killed a skunk the other night without getting sprayed and the skunk did really try to get her she’s realllllly fast and can jump realllly high and she’s a sweet heart loves me to death sleeps with me and cuddles loves frisby

  14. Hungry Wolf says:

    So in other words, border collie is Cyclops while cattle dog is Wolverine

  15. Rebecca Hayes says:

    My blue heeler/Rat terrier just had a blast at my friend’s goat farm. Never had done herding before but went right at it fearlessly. I’ve trained him to never nip people, and his personality is that although he’s mostly focused on me, that if he sees you enough and you have my approval, he typically decides he likes you and will snuggle and try to get you to play.

  16. Edward Moran says:

    Both good breeds

  17. olddogg eleventy2 says:

    I was wondering when I saw this the queue…When reading the title, someone( like me) got the idea that this was a video about people actually herding dogs, the wording seemed awkward…idk, I got a chuckle out of it and thought, " That's gotta be one helluva difficult job."…lmao

  18. Tim Hill says:

    That was an interesting video. I have an Australian Coolie, she’s the first working dog that I’ve ever had and I’ve never met a Coolie before so I don’t know if she is above average intelligence or not but I’m really impressed with her intelligence, athletic ability and perceptiveness, it’s as if she could reads peoples minds, really spooky at times. An example of this was a time when my neighbour and I chased an introduced species of bird called an Indian Minor which has become a problem for the natives and of course Sash joined in and from that day she would chase that species and no other bird, maybe she understood us talking about them. I believe that a Coolie holds the high jump record here in Australia and I’m not surprised after seeing my girl being silly one morning by jumping on my bed she almost hit the ceiling which mean’t that she could easily clear the door. I’ve never seen a working dog run as fast either, she just goes into greyhound mode and leaves the other dogs behind. But it was her brain that impressed me the most it was as if there was a teenage boy trapped in a girl dogs body and she was motivated by the desire to help and have fun. She was a rescue dog about six months old when I got her and I assume that she came from a farm by the way she was acting. She rarely needed to be taught anything she just new what to do. It was as if she new the English language as I noticed a few times I’d be talking to people about doing things and she’d get started and not farm related things either. If I was driving my truck with her beside me and If wanted to reverse, she’d put her head down so that she was out of the way of the mirrors and I never taught her that. One time I was at an oval with a frisbee where she loved doing high speed intercepts she was totally focused on me and the frisbee or so I thought and I had been noticing a couple of kids fighting and the older one had the younger one on the ground and was kicking him in the head and I said “Sash, over there” as I pointed without raising my arm and trotted swiftly to them while growling and chased the older boy over the fence. I was totally confident that she wouldn’t hurt him and coolies are known to be safe with kids and other pets. I suspect that they may not be as good at intimidation as the healers though. I’ve also seen her use a bone as a bait to catch a cat in our yard, she would put it in the open and hide behind something and then make a citizens arrest without hurting the cat though one time she got her eyes scratched. She even taught herself how the touch light beside my bed works Just in one night of experimenting and a few days later when I had to get up early she came in and touched it three times for max brightness, a fourth time would have turned it off again. Just like a kid she loves sport on tv and grabs the correct ball for whatever sport is on from her supply of balls that she brought home and loves torches, I caught her rifling through my tool box very early on trying to get my torch out. She also has that wild side as mentioned about the healer, won’t go around a coffee table in the house she just jumps over it.
    Over the years I’ve met a few farmers who’ve had coolies and prefer them so it could be an interesting bread to read about.

  19. m1t2a1 says:

    I know which one will take down a coyote.
    A heart of gold and a head of steel.

  20. Sean Miles says:

    a buddy had me take care of his dog while he found a new place for him. told me about the type of dog he was, i learned about him before I got him. but this video informed me way more! He choose me as his person and he is now my best friend. The personality explained here really hit spot on. love it!

  21. Daryl Younger says:

    Brilliant video and the most factual one I’ve seen. I grew up on a dairy farm that had sheep as well. My father had mostly border collies (3) but when a stray bluey wandered onto our property he was welcomed with open arms. Hard working, extremely loyal, tough all round dog. Both breeds are great with people they know. Neither dog likes strangers on their turf. But when you know them well, they are best friends. I used to hide in the dogs kennels as a young kid hiding from my brother. They never gave me up. I think your red heeler is what’s called the stumpy tailed heeler. It’s a sub breed of the breed. Born with no long tail.

  22. BUTTER FLY DO YOU GET IT Hayes says:

    cool

  23. Erica tatro home of ET's happy rabbit tree says:

    My asd is better with kids then my grandma's border collie. My asd is is 36 pounds and 18 inches tall And is blue dubble masked and I am her person but my son is close she is 11 years old and my son is 2 my grandma's border collie is a red smoth coat her named ruby who is 7 years old her prior one was a ruff coat bc named lady and looked just like lassie she passed at 14years old we want to get a corgi one day its my hubby's dream dog

  24. xuxo rodriguez says:

    Amazing content.

  25. Anthony Galluccio says:

    I grew up living at home with nothing but border collies, and they are amazing dogs. I got my first dog of my own, her name is Jade, a blue heeler. I have always wondered what she would do if i brought her to a ranch with sheep or cattle… I honestly think she would be the perfect working dog. The one thing I love about her is that she learns so fast, and easily. Other than research online, I have no real dog training experience, but it just seems Jade is so intuitive that she just kind of gets it.. She has pretty much just learned what I want her to do, what she is supposed to do and not supposed to do, and I am pretty sure she already has a pretty decent vocabulary at only 10 months old. She is very timid with most adults or older kids, is protective of little kids/babies, and loves most other dogs, as long as they are not aggressive/dominant. I say that she is my dog, but really.. I am her human… Her protectiveness is like nothing I have ever seen before.

  26. Sam Gardner says:

    I’ve seen an ACD/Corgi team work cattle one time. It was really cool. Similar in close, nasty, mix it up, style but differing levels of finesse.

  27. Ian Farr-Wharton says:

    There is no Dingo in Australian cattle dog , the breed came from a Welsh Corgi X Koolie (German coolie) and that is from the oldest paperwork on the breed..

  28. Finesse03 says:

    Heelers will train themselves if you are consistent with your language and actions. I always melt when penny cocks her head to try and understand everything said to her. If you socialize a heeler from a young age, they will be protective always, but learn to get along with the general public. My ACD goes yo every bank, and home improvement, outdoor store in dfw, and loved to be pet.

  29. jeremy stewert says:

    The healer breeds are actually extinct. What we think of as "healers" are really the cattle dog. Instead of keeping multiple breeds just keep a few Australian Shepards. The best of both. Although they're called Aussies they're not actually from Australia. They started in Spain migrainting with Basque sheep herders who came to Australia and then slowly making their way to America around the late 19th century to evolve into what we know now as the Aussie. Tough, smart, athletic, and hardy. Not super hyper like a border collie. I've seen them herd ducks to cattle. Nipping and barking, even climbing on the back of cattle and sheep. Super smart but like light switches, they can turn the energy on and off in an instant.

  30. Nichole Bird says:

    I have a 14 week old Australian cattle dog x border collie mix. Smart smart boy

  31. tom newark says:

    Such an awesome video.. I have 2 acd mix rescues.. they are house dogs… but your video moved me ..

  32. Diego Vega says:

    Good documentary, here in Chilean Patagonia, we have the "Ovejero Magallanico" (Magellan Shepherd) a dog breed to work in the Patagonian meadows, also call Barbucho. It was breed in the Southern Patagonia in the region of Magallanes, so hence its name… And is a decendent of many shepherd dogs, brought from Great Britain and Australia. The Magellan Shepherd has hard hair, is medium size, very agile, resistant to cold weather and to walk long distances. And it also bites cattles heels when is need it.

    Here some links

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBqyoagVo0Ash7dQPUFu91Q
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_16xwRcKv5w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPFqfTTeOIs&list=PLeH3QRFZJpb1W8SNWAQS13IqUDfrf_RlA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI9mEhk_Smw&list=PLeH3QRFZJpb1W8SNWAQS13IqUDfrf_RlA&index=2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekVao15oq1s&list=PLeH3QRFZJpb1W8SNWAQS13IqUDfrf_RlA&index=4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jByece9em-A&list=PLeH3QRFZJpb1W8SNWAQS13IqUDfrf_RlA&index=10
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T2zxyPh3EM

  33. musthavemoxie says:

    Great video! I have a Texas Heeler rescue. Got her at 1.5 years old and she’s amazing. Best of both Heeler and Border Collie. She definitely leans more towards BC with using eyes to direct me though. Lol. But I’ll take that over teeth any day.

  34. A. K. says:

    The Smithfield Australian Cattle Dog, also called Australian Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog, is a strain of Australian Cattle Dog that's born with natural bobtail… (what Rachel calls "born with a docked tail"). Some of the pups in even those litters are born tailed, and a some are born with bobtail of varying lengths, but they are all Smithfields/Stumpy tail ACDs. They are not at all unusual (at least not in Australia), but they are a breed or sub-breed in their own right. Besides having the bobtail, they are also said to be sharper/tougher than regular/tailed ACDs

  35. Roel Escamilla says:

    Border collies can work cattle with just as much success.

  36. vzhoj H says:

    I love this lady!!

  37. EL300B says:

    Two of my favorite dogs.Had a red heeler named Dingo,went every where with me.Very smart and definatly a one man dog.He's been gone 25 years and I still miss him.

  38. Bob D says:

    Excellent video. I'm close to 60 years old now and I've had dogs all my life. I now have a German Shepherd and a blue heeler (see the pic) and I've never had a smarter one than my ACD, only our German Shepherd can compare. You are so right in saying ACD's are "a breed like no other". You have to own one to understand that. Just make sure that you can provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Also, I highly recommend obedience training early on. Out of my wife and our kids and now a grandchild that live in our house, he has claimed me as his own and sticks to me like Velcro. He is a great watchdog and doesn't like strangers coming near anyone in the family unless I introduce them first. Our female German Shepherd grew up from a pup around him and learned a lot about being a good dog from him. I can't say enough good things about this breed.

  39. Evelyn Herrera says:

    my cattle dog is just 5 months old and he loves people he knows well but is like wary of everyone

  40. J M says:

    My grandfather had Borer Collies, they were hard working! My grandfather could whistle a tune and the dog would go up into the fields round up the cattle and bring them home safely. They were awesome and loyal. This was in Ireland. So they can do both sheep and cattle well!

  41. Robert Van Hoy says:

    Having been a Border Collie person, someone decided to pawn off their Cattle dog puppy (6 to 7mos old) with us and I have to say, this cattle dog is just dumbass. He does not and will not do anything other than what he wants to do. The Border collie is a superior to any cattle dog in every aspect mine have been anyway tougher than most BC's.
    If anyone near Augusta,GA wants to home this mini Aussie msg me. PLZ he needs a new home.

  42. Rand Thompson says:

    Excellent informative presentation!
    BC here. Used to work cattle. Now rides shotgun just as well. 9 yrs old.

  43. Justin Lee says:

    My cattle dog mix does not tolerate dogs she doesn't know, and definitely tries to solve her problem with her teeth

  44. Sophia Daniel says:

    I have an Australian cattle dog mixed with border collie, mcnab, and kelpie and he is amazing

  45. Olivia-Jade Conlon says:

    I have a red hearler Kelpie cross best mix breed best personal protection k9 I've owned

  46. Mark Muller says:

    Strange head to head comparison? Border Collie is a sheep herding dog and your comparing them to an Aussie Cattle Dog …… apples & oranges! Why didn't you compare the Collie to the Aussie Kelpie, which is also a sheep herding dog?

  47. Chicken Fried Bobcat says:

    We have a pack of 8 Heelers, reds and blues. My oldest girl Mandy saved my life once. I was walking on a trail when a huge crazy bull with big horns and bulging eyes charged out of the thick brush, took a look at me and started to charge. Mandy darted in front of that bull and started snarling and snapping 6" in front of that monsters nose. That bull was so surprised and confused by that fearless terror in his face that he turned tail and ran but not after my girl bit his hooves a few times to let him know who's boss. She is old and a blind and stiff now with cataracts that would make a blind Kung fu master proud. She still thinks she's a pup and chases the frisbee with the other dogs even though she can't see it. I live in a tiny Town west of Yakima WA hit hard by meth, I ain't been broke into in seven years. Of course having eight Heelers is probably the reason for that. Heelers do fine in a pack, yeah some of the dogs ears are notched and there is some barking, growling and snarling but those dogs should know better then to mess with my wife.

  48. catherine lee says:

    Australian Czttle dogs rule period

  49. Vicki DURON says:

    Great video. Learned a lot

  50. C G says:

    Great video!

  51. Rita McCartt-Kordon says:

    Hello, I had a Blue Heeler 30+ years ago. I trained him as best I could, considering I had no cows or sheep! We lived very near a creek and I had him trained to go to the creek and back with hand signals. Our neighbor had a few cattle and a huge Hereford bull. One day the bull got out and was down in the trees. He asked me if Tucker could get him. I said we'd try, but he wasn't trained. So I sent him out! WOW, you would have had to have seen it to believe it! They went around a few times, then the bull ran the other way! Tucker ran up to his side jumped and grabbed his ear! It threw the bull out of balance and he went head down and rolled! Tucker ran behind him nipped his heels and he brought him to the barn, just like he'd been doing it his whole life!! He was given to me because he was all white, no spots. He had one black ear. He was out of the main dog at the Christian Brothers Ranch in Eastern Oregon. He wasn't true to the breed, I guess. I loved him so much! He is missed.

  52. wwfokc says:

    So cattle dogs are border collies/ dingos ?

  53. Lucie Lu says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing video !!!! We truly enjoyed watching it and we learned so many new things. We have 2 working dogs, An Australian Kelpie and a Kelpie/ Cattle dog cross and they're just amazing together too 🙂 <3 Your fans from Australia (Queensland) 🙂 Thank you!

  54. Swamp Henly says:

    My absolute favorite two breeds. Especially the heeler. They can be trained to do anything.

  55. DonutCovered Kitty says:

    I have a Aussie Cattle Dog mix Named Sienna we think she is part border collie cuz she has a kinda long muzzle like border collie other than that I LOVE HER TO DEATH

  56. Haley says:

    This is so cool! Just got a pup a few weeks ago that’s half border collie & half blue heeler. She is awesome, super smart!!! 🙂

  57. Trenton Crisp says:

    If Americans love their dogs so much, why do they cut their tails off? All cattle dogs in Australia have a tail!!!

  58. Niki 52 says:

    Really anyone telling you about a aussie cattle dog with an American accent bullshit on your knowledge

  59. Ellis Meyer says:

    Beautiful dogs. I love how the heelers always look like crazy wild animals when they are working. 😊

  60. lazycitrus bum says:

    I'm stuck between these two breeds for my next sports dog 😭

  61. Diesel the Blue Heeler says:

    I have a blue heeler named Diesel. Best dog I have ever had.

  62. Dave Bartels says:

    There is a breed of Cattle Dog that is born with a stump tail. The Stumpy Tail Australian Cattle Dog. The best dog I have ever owned. She was jet black with Snow White sprinkled in. She was beautiful and incredibly smart and dedicated and loyal. I think of her daily and she has been gone 5 years.

  63. jeep girl says:

    My little cattle dog mix named tudi wears a red bandana too.

  64. Brian says:

    Great explanation.

  65. sonja smith says:

    By the look of the ACD I would say that she is not purebred, and the fact that she was born without a tail, here in New Zealand that usually means they have Smithfield Collie in them some where.

  66. bertie merle says:

    Very, very well done piece … absolutely true to the breed …. this lady KNOWS her doggies! I rarely EVER compliment any video person on their portrayal of Blue Heelers/Aussie Cattle Dogs …. this lady has them NAILED SPOT ON! She knows her dogs, and the details she provides with the intricacies between the Australian Shepherds and Australian Cattle Dogs is SPOT ON …. often confused by the public, but very different dogs within the herding breeds, and if you're considering one of these two breeds and DON'T listen to the differences she tells you about … then SHAME on you, because they are BIG differences, which will make a difference in your and your family's life and your Dog's life!

     
    If you're considering a wonderful Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler/Queensland Heeler ….. make sure you know what you're in for … then if you're confident you can handle them … you're in for the best dog of your life …. OHhhhh, and she failed to mention that the longest living dog ever on record is an Australian Cattle Dog, at I believe 26+ years old. Don't expect that, but my last one lived to be 19 and was spectacular health, like a 7 year old of another breed, until he got food poisoning from the the Chinese "melatonin" poisoning that made him have to put him down because it messed up his otherwise healthy pancreas.
     
    All of that being said, for the many people I've encountered in 25+ years of owning Australian Cattle Dogs, (Blue Heelers), this is without a DOUBT, the BEST video I've ever seen on the topic. This lady knows that of which she speaks!
     
    Before you make your decision, think about how much land to you have for your dog? And you need to at least have another dog for them to play with if you have no animals to heard and if you can't be with them ALLLLL day long … especially when they are under five years old They are brain maniacs! They MUST BE CHALLENGED!!!! Honestly … really … these dogs nearly die of BOREDOM if you don't provide them constant challenges and entertainment. That may be sheep, or it could VERY WELL be playing Frisbee at the beach …. but you HAVE TO KEEP THEM MENTALLY ENGAGED, for God's sake! If not, this isn't the doggie for you.
     
    Basic advice … if you just a party of one, or a close couple , who love to camp, canoe, hike, etc …. THIS IS THE DOG for you! Or if you have a ranch or farm, know how to teach you children how to respect farm animals and herding dogs … the again … THIS IS THE DOG/GOD for you!!!!

    If you plan on having children, worrying about them, fussing over them ….. then go with the Aussie Shepherd. Aussie-Sheps, and even their bastardized Texas Cousins of Texas Aussies Heelers, are very affectionate dogs, but tend to be a bit of "head cases" and not quite well adjusted. Plan on taking them everywhere with you and them not having much independent abilities.
     
    Hank, my Texas Cattle Dog, asked me to tell you …. "Always take care of dogs, especially those you find in need or abused … but PLEASE don't pay breeders to put me with someone living in a 650 square foot apartment!" Cattle Dogs are special and very intelligent dogs … keep them with that in mind. God will reward you for your grace to these exceptional dogs!
     
    For great fun, and seeing what not-quite-AKC Cattle Dogs can do …. I introduce you to the FAMOUS SKID-BOOT! DOG EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!! Great love to every BLUE DOG I've every had … who OWNED ME, each one! LOVE! ; =)))

     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2BfzUIBy9A

  67. steelynuuno says:

    That Cattledog looks like a Kelpie mix.

  68. palmtemple says:

    How did you stop her biting the sheep?

  69. paul murphy says:

    one of the best descriptions of these dogs over any other video cause this lady actually does what the dogs are suppose to do

  70. Zach Watola says:

    The amount of comments that start with "I have a….." or "My…." is hilarious. Egocentric animal owners. Same kind of people at dog parks that ask a question about your dog, only so they can talk about theirs.

  71. Melody Copp says:

    Thank you for all this information !

  72. Liam says:

    Why do your dog's look skinny

  73. Circe's Grandma in Omaha says:

    Good to hear about both breeds without bias toward either one. I found it very informative. Thank you!

  74. cow35f says:

    I have had a few thru the years. I found the broader headed ones were a tad bit calmer. Loved them all.

  75. colett B says:

    I have 3 heeler mixes and they are all the best dogs I have ever had! You hit the nail on the head with their personality! I’m am for sure going to recommend this video to some people I know are interested in these breeds! Love this hard working knowledgeable lady!

  76. Janice P - Azwoman says:

    I had Border Collies growing up and in the last 20 years I’ve had 3 Heelers. I currently have a beautiful Red Heeler named Ruby. I love the intelligence of both breeds.

  77. Science! says:

    "The sheep don't think that the Border Collie will eat them, but their pretty sure that the Cattle Dog will"…LOL!!!! Both of these breeds are just outstanding, but yeah, you're not going be able to match a Cattle Dogs physical presence with a Border Collie. Just like you're not going to match a Border Collie's extreme intelligence with….ANY other dog…not even the super intelligent cattle dog!

  78. Briana Mcqueen says:

    What a lovely Stumpy Tailed CD she has!!!

  79. DiabloMinero says:

    My cattle dog likes everyone. I think it's because we introduced her to a bunch of people when she was really young, and they all liked her. Plus she has an exceptionally non-anxious temperament, considering what breed she is.

  80. my dogs and me says:

    that red looks more like a stumpy (australian stumpy tail cattle dog) than a heeler, no tan points much finer frame dogs naturally bob tailed, also the docking comes from this breed. When the soldiers(future ranchers) saw them working in WWII they where amazed by them and imported them around 1963ish what they got was mostly heeler with a little extra dingo bred in by a vet because he thought the breed was getting soft. they thought they (the australians) docked the heelers so kept up the "tradition" not relializing the dogs they saw years earlier where actually a different breed. best/worst breed ever depending on YOUR lifestyle and level of comitmint to them

  81. GoWithTh3Flow says:

    I loved this! So very informative and well done. Thank you.

  82. Hookukio says:

    Perfect explanation. I love heelers. I have both blue and reds. Its cool how they are born white , turn spotted and patched and now my red girl is 14 and still a puppy personality and has turned solid red.

  83. Debbie's doggie stuff White says:

    Described heelers exactly! I've had several over the yrs, our Dixiebelle is 5yrs now, we love these dogs. Tough as nails.

  84. Ann Marie says:

    Actually the name Australian shepherd dog is a misnomer. They were bred on cattle ranges in the western United States not Australia.

  85. Texan Brooke says:

    What an intelligent, delightful woman!

  86. victor mendoza says:

    Thank you for such a great video. I am imon a waiting list to get a blue heeler but im worried that if my wife and i have a baby, the dog will bite them. Also, can anyone tell me if there is a family dog already… does the blue heeler have a habit of fighting with other dogs? Thanks in advance

  87. Note Toself says:

    My Red Healer must be an exception. He would go home with the UPS guy, the Fed X guy, the Propane guy, any anyone else that shows up at my gate.

  88. stephen shutt says:

    Great to see both breeds working together, and having their own neash. Real dogs being real dogs.

  89. Tom Senft says:

    My Blue Healer is 15 years old, and spent most of his life gaurding my tools. He is a beast!

  90. 2394locke says:

    Excellent video ! I’ve found over the years and having owned 5 in a 40 year period the females are 10 times as likely to be nippy. Whereas the males rarely bite and have a much more laid back disposition. That’s the only area you didn’t touch on, again, an Excellent video, probably the best ever on YouTube on these amazing breeds… insight only a seasoned owner that works with these dogs on a daily basis would know…

  91. 2394locke says:

    Yes, big difference between an Australian Shepherd and an Australian Cattle Dog. The Australian Shepherds, in all reality should truly be named California Shepherds !

  92. hopper1415 says:

    Awesome video first I ever heard about the red having more dingo in them which makes sense to me. My male red is my aggressive a d crazier them my blue female.

  93. Buddy Floyd says:

    I've got a pair of Heeler's an old one and a young one. These are the best dogs in the world in my opinion because they are so devoted..

  94. Equine Appraising says:

    I am looking for a heeler. Any suggestions where to get one?

  95. Lkhrobertson says:

    Awesome lady and awesome dogs

  96. only good communist are buried in forgotten graves says:

    I had a boarder collie name laddie. One time when my nephew was in the front yard and Laddy was there with him My sister stepped in the house. I was watching out the front door when my nephew bolted for the gate and went through. Just like that Laddy's head popped up and he was out the gate grabbed my nephew by the diaper and started pulling him back to the yard. My nephew sat down and started pounding his hand and kicking his feet and screaming while the dog pulled him back to the yard. Half the neighborhood came out their front doors and started laughing. The dog would get the kid back in the yard the dog would lay down the kid would wait till he thought the dog wasn't looking and boom strait for the gate and the whole thing would start over.

  97. jane doe says:

    Reminds of a "Collie" Weiner of Texas and Colorado, since the Weiners like to force human babies and adults into behaving like dogs for their sick business and pleasures.

  98. Howling Wind says:

    I'm Australian and have a cattle dog, and they are wonderful dogs. There is no reason to dock any dogs tail. Both of your dogs are beautiful and wonderfully trained. Cheers!

  99. Estevan Martinez says:

    Corgis are better in my opinion

  100. Morbid Florist says:

    My heeler stayed by my side her whole life. She would do her own thing and I could trust her. We traveled for 8 years together making it as far as the Belize/ Guatemala border. She would straight up go after coyotes in the neighbourhood and always come back covered in spit but never blood. Infact the only time she ever got bested was by a group of 4 cats. She lived to almost 20 and I can’t bring myself to get another dog (goat?) even 5 years later now. She also protected my son when he was born sitting in front of his crib whenever he was in it and always close by when he wasn’t. Never used a leash on her until she went blind near the end either. I can’t recommend these amazing dogs enough!

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