Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler

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Breed Group: Herding
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
35-45 lbs
Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
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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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 $575.00. 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 $2,000 upwards to $5,500 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: $575.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $2,000.00 to $5,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 10160 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppies across the United States on

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.

Most Popular Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 10160 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dogs.
  • 1. Diesel
  • 2. Harley
  • 3. Bailey
  • 4. Tank
  • 5. Bentley
  • 6. Bella
  • 7. Molly
  • 8. Beau
  • 9. Blaire
  • 10. Tasha
  • 11. Hank
  • 12. Blue
  • 13. Max
  • 14. Willow
  • 15. Bruiser
  • 16. Maggie
  • 17. Buck
  • 18. Texas Heeler
  • 19. Sadie
  • 20. Bandit

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Anonymous asked:
I thought my dog was a Blue Heeler 2 months after I got him, then I realized he's more like a coydog, does anyone else have a coyote mixed with Blue Heeler? He's something else šŸ¤” šŸ¤£

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Anonymous asked:
My Blue Heeler was sold to us as a purebred. She is missing the tan on her. Instead she's just got the silver and black coat. Is this normal? Is she possibly not purebred?



If your puppy was sold to you with registration paper work, then your dog is a purebred. However, if you do not have that paper work, then it can be a little more difficult to determine 100%. Secondly, an Australian Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler can be born without the tan points, however it is considered a fault and not accepted into the AKC, CKC, or UKC standard and would not be allowed to compete in show events. What I would do is contact your breeder and ask for copies of the dam and sire's registration paper work. If the breeder does not have any, then the last thing you can do is a DNA test. These can be purchased online or via your vet and done very easily. However, at the end of the day, as long as you love your girl and you weren't planning on breeding in the first place (especially without registration paper work), then just love her for her.


I do not know where you got your information but them not having the red points is not a fault. AKC just now started recognizing the breed if you want to make sure you have a purebred. Do you want an ARF? Those are the ones that have been registering these dogs from day one and also some will stay solid white because I happen to have one myself and I been breeding them for 30 years. So if you're going to give people information on a dog you need to make sure you know what you're talking about first.

Anonymous asked:
Why would my 6 month old neutered Blue Heeler at 5 months start trying to hump my leg?

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The reasoning behind a dog humping is not always clear. However, there are several things that you can consider to try to establish the reasoning behind the humping and how to stop it. First off, all dogs no matter their gender hump. This is a natural behavior and so must be treated like barking, nip it in the bud and make clear guide lines for your dog that it is not allowed. Now, if your dog was not yet neutered, then the humping at this age is most likely either from sexual gratification, or your dog trying to establish dominance. Puppies hump their litter mates during play and learn that humping feels good, and it also physically makes the other dog submit. So, when a puppy goes to a new home, he/she may try humping a human, another dog, or another animal in the house hold to see if the one being humped will submit so that they can climb up the dominance latter. Dominant breeds such as the Australian Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler are known for being stubborn and needing a firm, but gentle training schedule. Since your dog is already neutered, depending on when that happened, the hormones has not yet left your dog and will soon ebb away and not be a problem. I would start with a firm "no", "leave it", or "off" command in a deeper and slightly louder voice. Then move your leg away from the dog and look up and away from your dog for 5 seconds. If your dog has not gone back to humping your leg, go down to your dogs level and praise him. Pet him and then give him a toy to play with or go do something that is interactive with him.

Anonymous asked:
Do Australian Cattle dogs bark excessively?



The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred as a herding dog that would use barking and nipping to move herds of cattle, sheep, goats, ect. Because of this, even if this breed is a pet and not used as a working dog, they have still retained their voice. So yes, this breed does like to hear his / her own voice. However, this unwanted barking or unwarranted barking can be curbed with training and proper socialization to when / where the dog can bark.


The only "training" our ACD has ever received is being swamped with nice, kind and gentle behavior. What we got back is a wonderful, friendly, happy dog. That said - when a stranger even approaches our home our ACD projects a bark that everyone takes seriously.

Anonymous asked:
I'm breeding my non Blue Heeler and was wondering how much to sell them for. Her dad was a white Blue Heeler and her mom was a regular Blue Heeler. The dog I am breeding her with is a white Blue Heeler.

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The price of a puppy should depend on many different things when it comes to breeding and selling. First off, if the dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, or the United Kennel Club; then the price of the puppies are going to be more than if the puppies are not going to be registered. Secondly, if you as the breeder have spent the money on getting your dog health tested for the medical problems this breed is known for, then you may factor in the price of those tests in as well. This is because you as a breeder have made sure that your dog is not passing down any bad medical traits that could harm the future of the puppies. Now thirdly, where you are located is also going to change the price a bit. If there are several breeders in your area that have the same puppies, then you must be competitive and understanding with your pricing as to what your puppies are offering vs. their puppies are offering in terms of 1. Show Potential 2. Working Stock Potential 3. Or simply a pet quality dog. Over - all, the price your puppies should be if they are going to NOT be registered, and are only pet quality dogs then it should be the price of what it would cost to spay / neuter the dog at the right age + the price of the first set of vaccinations. This should be roughly between $250.00 - $550.00; again depending on where you are located. Now, if your puppies are registered to a real kennel club, they are going to have show potential, and you have done all the health checks on your dam and sire (female and male), then the price could be anything from $700.00 - $1000.00 per puppy; again depending on where you are located.

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Updated: 7/4/2022