Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler

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Breed Group: Herding
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Overview
Originating in Australia during the 19th century, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred for endurance, herding abilities, and toughness. Often referred to as Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, and Queensland Heeler, this breed is considered to be one of the three most popular dog breeds in Australia.
Character
The Australian Cattle Dog is compact, strong, alert, and agile. This breed is trustworthy, courageous, and is exceedingly devoted to the duties they are given. A member of the working and herding group, the Australian Cattle Dog is a combination of substance, balance, power, and hard muscular condition.
Temperament
An extremely intelligent, loyal, and affectionate breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is protective of their family, home, and territory. They thrive on human interaction and activity but are easily bored which can lead to serious behavior issues. This breed is generally not good with children they have not been raised with. They are typically suspicious of strangers and may be aggressive to dogs they do not know. They do not get along well with other household pets or cats. This breed will attempt to herd and nip at the heels of anything and everything that moves. The Australian Cattle Dog has a high level of dominance and is not recommended for the novice, sedentary, or apathetic dog owner.
Care
The Australian Cattle Dog needs weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush. Extra attention should be given to the coat during seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo. This breed is prone to such health issues as PRA, deafness, and hip dysplasia.
Coat
The Australian Cattle Dog has a weather resistant double coat. The outer coat is flat, hard, straight, and close. The under coat is dense and short. The color of the coat comes in blue, red speckle, blue speckle, or blue-mottled. The blue coat has markings of black, blue, or tan. Puppies are born white. However, adult coat color is visible in the pads of the paws. This breed is a seasonal shedder.
Training
Early intense socialization and obedience are crucial for the Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is extremely obedient. Australian Cattle Dogs do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, praise, consistency, and patience. They are very talented in such areas as herding, agility, retrieving, guarding, competitive obedience, and in learning tricks.
Activity
The Australian Cattle Dog has an inordinate amount of stamina and requires a great deal of exercise. This breed will become destructive if not sufficiently stimulated. They are not recommended for apartment or city dwelling but do best in a rural setting or in a home with a large securely fenced yard.
Weight
35-45 lbs
Height
Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
Color(s)
Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

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How much do Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Australian Cattle Dog Blue Heelers sold is $450.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,600 upwards to $5,000 or even more for an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Australian Cattle Dog Blue Heelers sold is $500.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $450.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $1,600.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 6987 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Australian Cattle Dog Blue Heelers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 6987 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dogs.
  • 1. Diesel
  • 2. Tank
  • 3. Molly
  • 4. Harley
  • 5. Tasha
  • 6. Bentley
  • 7. Blue
  • 8. Bella
  • 9. Buck
  • 10. Bailey
  • 11. Candy
  • 12. Maggie
  • 13. Max
  • 14. Bandit
  • 15. Sadie
  • 16. Jake
  • 17. Lilly
  • 18. Cookie
  • 19. Hank
  • 20. Roxy

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Featured Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Breeder

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Member Since: November 2007
Location: Wyoming
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AKC Registered, Ranch Raised, Working Blue & Red Australian Cattle Dogs loyal, smart, hardworking dogs bred and raised here on our cattle ranch in Wyoming. Our dogs have been ranch raised and work cattle over thousands of acres of rugged rangeland year round as well as our beloved family companions. Fully genetically tested and passed for Blindness, Hearing, Hip/Elbow/Patellar Dysplasia. Puppies are born in the house, handled by kids and adults from birth, well socialized to all aspects of life on the ranch. References available. Please visit our website for available puppies, upcoming litters, more info and pictures! Facebook: KS Ranch Australian Cattle Dogs, YouTube Channel: ksranchacttledogs

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Anonymous asked:
When should an Australian Cattle Dog puppy's testicles drop?

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At 8 weeks old, the testicles should already be dropped and can be felt by a vet. However, they will start to grow and be noticeable around the 4 month range.

Anonymous asked:
My niece adopted an Australian Cattle dog, but it's head, neck and chest areas are white with red in coloring. Can this really be an Australian Cattle Dog?

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Yes, your niece is the proud owner of a Red Australian Cattle Dog. A.C.D's can come in red or blue coloration's with tan patches and sometimes even red and blue coloration's in the same coat. The white markings are normal and allowed in the breed as well.

Anonymous asked:
Are Australian Cattle Dog's good with cats or can they be trained to be good with cats?

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Anonymous

The Australian Cattle Dog has a high prey drive, as they are a herding dog. The prey drive makes them chase after anything that moves but that does not mean they want to hurt the animal they are chasing after. If a pup is socialized with a cat as a puppy and trained to ignore them, then the breed can easily live with a cat or two.

Anonymous

I have 4 ACD's and 3 cat's and they all get along

Anonymous

I have 4 blues & 6 cats they chase them but won't hurt them..Got to tell them to play not kill...very smart and want to please owner

Anonymous asked:
How long is the lifespan for a Blue Healer or Australian Cattle Dog?

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Anonymous

The Blue/Red Healer is the same breed as the Australian Cattle Dog but just has a different name for the coloration of the dog. The average life span of the breed, whether red, blue or a mix is 11 - 13 years. They are a hearty breed of dog that need lots of exercise and training to keep his/her brain busy and heart pumping.

Anonymous

Our Blue Heeler lived to be 16.5 years

Anonymous

Our Tri passed just before his 20th birthday. 5 years ago, we got a Tri female, expecting our male to be slowing down. Not only did he not slow down, the introduction of a new "pack" member gave him a new lease on life and an energy that I hadn't seen for years.

Anonymous

My Blue Healer cross lived to be 16.5 years. He was such a good fetching dog. You could tell him to stay then you throw a stick in dense wooded area and he would bring you back your exact stick. Amazing dog. Yes, they do actually just stare at you waiting for commands even when all you want to do is watch tv. That can get really annoying. I live in city Toronto Canada, I would walk him often. He was well trained yet you could not stop him from chasing squirrels. Dogs smaller than him he liked. However, taller dogs he would just out of the blue nip at them. He never bit anyone at all. Never. Even baby's crawling and grabbing him. As he got older his hearing was poor but he took to hand signals with training so he was ok. Just train him with sound and hand signals when they are young. Of all my dogs he was the best!!!!

Anonymous

I have a Blue and a blue / corgi mix. Both are 11. I'd say the blue has 6 years more easy. My corgi mix has slowed down but she was slowed down when I rescued her

Anonymous asked:
I'm considering adopting an Australian Cattle Dog that is a 1-year-old but is very scared of people and won't even to go outside. Do you think I can help this dog become more social?

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Anonymous

Unless you have extensive knowledge in fearful dogs, then you must make sure you have a Positive Reinforcement professional dog trainer on your side to guide you to work with this dog. You can easily turn fear into fear aggression in which the dog lashes out because of fear if you do anything wrong.

Anonymous

We have taken in a 2 year old who was timid took her about 6 months to relax and show signs of trust and loyalty..but spend quality time and reassuring them that they are good dogs .

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Updated: 9/25/2017