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When it comes to keeping livestock, good stick dogs are essential. While many breeds have been developed to handle this task, Border Collies and Red Heelers, also called Australian cattle dogs, are highly valued for their herding skills. Because of their different styles, some people have crossed them to find the perfect mix.

Border collies

Border collies are very energetic medium-sized dogs. Most border collies are black and white in color, but they also come in red and white, tri-color, merle, sable, yellow and yellow and white, as well as completely black. The border collie has two types of fur, smooth and rough. The Border Collie has a wider forehead and a shorter snout than a normal Collie and has a slightly longer body. Its ears are apart and either erect or break easily near the tips. Its tail is set low and reaches below its hocks. Known for their intelligence and agility, the breed originated along the border of Scotland and England.


The Red Heeler or Australian Cattle Dog was developed in Australia in the early 19th century and is the result of crossing dingoes with collies and other herd breeds. The dog is medium in size and very stocky, but compact. A little longer than high, it has a round head and pointed ears. Its long tail, which is part of the breed standard, is often docked. Its fur is very thick and mostly speckled with red with larger red or yellow-brown spots.


While the Border Collie is a "busy" dog and always seems to be on the move, the Red Heeler is looser. Both breeds are very intelligent and easy to train. While border collies tend to circle the animals they are herding and occasionally bark to move them, the heeler usually works quietly and stays behind the animals. Although border collies are sensitive, sometimes they will challenge authority without having enough work to do. Heelers are naturally less sensitive and are content to lie around. Heelers are also more heat-resistant than border collies.


Border collie red heeler crosses tend to combine the best of both breeds. Puppies derived from this cross tend to be more heat-resistant and more heavily boned than border collies. The colors vary with some pups looking more like border collies and others more like heelers; however, the coat length is usually between the length of the parents. The resulting cross is also usually more relaxed than the red heeler side of the family. Like the two parent breeds, the resulting cross has strong herd characteristics.

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