Australian Cattle Dog history
Australian Cattle Dog - A combination of years of work starting in 1830 when Timmin's crossed Smithfield dogs with the Dingo, which produced dogs later bred to Blue Smooth Highland Collies by Thomas Hall in 1840. These dogs were then called "Hall's Heelers", "Blue Heelers" or "Queensland Heelers". In 1870 a butcher Fred Davis bought a pair of Hall's dogs to work the stockyards and stockmen took to the breed. www.australian-cattledogs.com
Did you know that the Catahoula Leopard Dog is one of the few breeds that are native to the United States? When settlers arrived in what is now Louisiana, the only domesticated animals they found were the dogs that belonged to Native Americans. When the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived in the 16th century, he brought his own war dogs, which began breeding with the native species. The result was the Catahoula Leopard Dog!
"Mrs. Barker came out with a collar and lead in her hand, looked surprised at the tame mob, and went over to a bush to retrieve a very sorry looking specimen with long ears, patchy fur, and an undercarriage that brushed the ground...'This is Justinian,' she said, and added, 'They're all named after emperors.'" #Laurie R. King, #"The Beekeeper's Apprentice."