It's Fascinating Friday! Did you know? Heelers, also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, are also known by the name of Queensland Heelers. The name "Queensland" refers to this breed's place of origin which is Australia's second largest state, being two and a half times the size of the State of Texas. Its capital is Brisbane.
Queensland was named in honor of Queen Victoria who in 1859 signed a letter to separate the land that forms today's State of Queensland from the Colony of South Wales, therefore, creating the Colony of Queensland.
The term heeler instead refers to this breed's unique herding style. These dogs have been known for herding herds of cattle with force, by nipping and biting stubborn cattle's' heels to get them to move.