Breed History

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog both originated in the Halls Heeler.

Halls Heelers became generally available only after the George Hall Estate properties were sold up in the 1870s. Stockmen, such as John Timmins, bred on with Halls Heelers but their name was forgotten when the Halls faded from the rural scene. Cattle Dogs, as they became known, appeared in the show ring in late nineteenth century.

Ch Kalamunda Rex Regis
Ch Kalamunda Rex Regis [1949],
and example of the lean, leggy type.
Qld Gd Ch Bobby Blue
Qld Gd Ch Bobby Blue [1944],an example of the heavier shorter legged type.
Ch Little Logic
Ch Little Logic [1939], an intermediate type between 'lean and leggy' and 'heavier and shorter legged' types.

In New South Wales, probably influenced by Kaleski’s breed standard, only long-tailed Cattle Dogs were accepted in the show ring. In Queensland, both long-tailed and short-tailed Cattle Dogs were exhibited.

No comparable photographic record is preserved for Queensland but in New South Wales two types developed. The first, a lean, leggy dog, reminiscent of the Cattle Dogs seen in the 1890s and 1910s. The second was a heavier, shorter legged animal.

Nearly all Wooleston dogs and most, if not all, Australian Cattle Dogs whelped since 1990 are descended from Wooleston Blue Jack.

Hailed as "father of the breed", Little Logic was born in 1939. He had a strong genetic influence on the Australian Cattle Dog population, particularly in Queensland where many of his offspring survived World War II. Only one photograph of the dog survives but it shows him to be intermediate between the lean, leggy type and the shorter legged, heavier bodied type. Post-war, however, the cattle dog fancy seems to have preferred the heavier-bodied type. By the end of the 1950s, Little Logic was in the pedigrees of most registered Australian Cattle Dogs but usually by way of his son, Logic Return – a typical exemplar of the "heavier-bodied shorter-legged" type.

The influential Wooleston Kennels emerged during the 1950s. Breeders of the 1950s seemed to want either Logic Return offspring or a pup from Wooleston Kennels. This changed the direction taken by the breed. The heavier-bodied shorter-legged form prevailed and was further consolidated, from the 1970s, by Tallawong Kennels. Nearly all Wooleston dogs and most, if not all, Australian Cattle Dogs whelped since 1990 are descended from Wooleston Blue Jack.

Ch Logic Return
RAS & CCC Ch Logic Return [1949]
Ch Wooleston Blue Jack
RAS Ch Wooleston Blue Jack [1954].