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 $425.00. 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 $1,800 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: $425.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $1,800.00 to $5,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 8413 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.

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Most Popular Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 8413 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dogs.
  • 1. Diesel
  • 2. Tank
  • 3. Harley
  • 4. Bailey
  • 5. Molly
  • 6. Tasha
  • 7. Bentley
  • 8. Blue
  • 9. Bella
  • 10. Hank
  • 11. Beau
  • 12. Buck
  • 13. Max
  • 14. Maggie
  • 15. Bandit
  • 16. Candy
  • 17. Bruiser
  • 18. Jake
  • 19. Lilly
  • 20. Sadie

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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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How do you get Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heelers to listen and not bite?

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The Australian Cattle Dog, or Blue / Red Heeler for short is a hearding breed. They were bred to bite / nip at the heels of goats, sheep, cattle, horses, ect. This has been bred into them for generations and does not / will not go away. However, you as the owner need to train your dog what is and is not appropriate for your dog to nosh on. I find the best way to do this is to instill a great "Leave It" command with your dog early on and keep working with your dog. You must be more stubborn than him / her; as this breed is very stubborn. They need all of that stubbornness to go eye to eye / head to head with a big cow or bull and come out the winner. Contact your local Postive Reinforcement dog trainer and sign up for a class that covers "Leave It", so you can start the best way I have stopped the nipping / biting in this breed and other breeds like it.

Anonymous asked:
My Queensland heeler is 3 months and 11 days. His balls haven't dropped and I'm so worried and concerned.

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At this point, the male puppy's testicles should be seen and be able to be felt. If they are not, it is time for a trip to the vet. Most likely they are undescended and the vet will have to schedule an ultrasound to find them and then a surgery to have them removed. When a testicle is undecended, it will produce more testosterone than a regular descended testicle. This can result in heightened aggression, or dominant behavior that is undesired in a domestic, family pet.

Anonymous asked:
Are the dew claws normally removed on puppies of ACD's? Can they be removed later?



Dew claws are extremely important to a dog. They are like their thumbs. With the dew claw, this breed has the ability to be agile, turn on a dime and move over many different types of terrain. With them removed, the breed can still do its job or live normally, but they put more strain on the tendons in the foot and ankles of the dog. Normally dew claws are removed when the puppy is between 1 - 3 days or; or when the dog is spayed or neutered. It is up to the breeder to remove dew claws or not, but I as a breeder do not. I educate my puppy owners how to cut their dogs nails and so the dog does not need to have them removed unnecessarily.


Thank you for that response. I got a pup but I've never had a dog with dew claws. She does use them as thumbs... and has tore my arms up...problem is I've not been able to clip her nails. I live alone but even with a friend we couldn't do it. She FREAKS OUT every time I even touch her feet. I said she came with her own agenda from day one, typical ACD I thought but she was raised in a barn with little human contact I found out later after I got her. I've had other challenging breeds (Giant Schnauzers, Dutch Shepherd etc.) over the years but nothing like this... being it's my first ACD boy what an education. I've tried the desensitization of the feet but short of taking her to the vet I don't know what else to do. I don't want her to become a biter and I fear that's what would happen if I took her to a groomer. I've always groomed my own dogs Schnauzers and Standard Poodles for years but have never had a problem... well nothing like this. Any suggestions? I'm open to whatever I need to do to get 'er done with MINIMAL TRAMA to her. Thought of even bike riding on a sidewalk to wear them down but that doesn't get the dew claws.


The dew claws of any domestic animal have to be clipped as they do not wear down. In the wild, they are used to slice and trip the prey that they are chasing and they wear down by being used. It seems like you have quite a challenge on your hands, but fear not, it can be over-came. The main things to remember are, keep things positive, consistency and don't give up. This breed is hardy, in mind, body and spirit. They are bred to be that way and so, you must be too. What I do is start slow. At the end of my day, as we all do, I watch T.V before bed. In the last 20 minutes of whatever I am watching, I get down on my dogs level and invite them to cuddle and be in my space. I then spend the last 10 minutes or the show or movie lightly grooming while petting. This not only develops a strong bond between you and your dog, but you can start with the grooming process with much less trauma. Next, on the day I plan on doing the nails, I get a big wooden spoon and a jar of peanut butter. NEVER call the dog to you when you plan to do anything new or potentially something they are not going to like. This triggers a fear response with their recall and its hard to win it back. I then take the peanut butter covered spoon and put it in my dogs mouth, wipe it against the roof of their mouth, out and up over their nose and all over their muzzle. They are then busy licking and licking, at this point I then gently take a paw and start to clip. This gives the dog something to not only distract them, but positive reinforcement the entire process, from start to finish. Start slow and do one dew claw the first day, then the other the next. Afterwards, you can slowly increase the amount of nails you do until your dog loves having his/her nails clipped.

Anonymous asked:
How much can you sell a Australian Cattle Dog puppy for if they have no shots and their tales are not docked?



The Australian Cattle Dog's tail should not be docked. No dogs tail should be docked unless it is a medical reason or the dog is going to be a competition conformation show dog. However, the Australian Cattle Dog breed is not supposed to have a docked tail. All puppies need to have their dogs, starting at 7 weeks old and continuing on with 3 sets every 3 - 4 weeks after 7 weeks old. If you cannot afford for your puppies to have their shots, please don't have puppies in the first place. As for price, it is best to sell them for the price of what a physical exam, first set of shots and dewormed would cost. When the puppy is purchased, go to the vet and pay for that all to be done and then give them their new puppy. That way you know that the new owners can afford the puppy, but also that the puppy is safe and has all he/she needs for a healthy, full life.


The only reason why Australian Cattle Dog's has a docked tale is because they are normally around cattle so the owner would dock the tail to prevent the heeler from getting he/she tail trampled on. This was told to be from breeders and farmers them selves.


The Kennel Club standards for the Australian Cattle Dog is to have a full, natural tail. This breed needs its tail to be able to do the work that the farmers and breeders want the dog to do. There is another breed that is very similar to the Australian Cattle Dog, called the Stumpy Tailed Cattle Dog that has a docked tail. They are completely separate breeds, but look a lot a like.


These dogs' tails should NEVER be docked except for medical reasons. The dogs use their tail to communicate and maintain balance. Cattle do not step on the dogs' tails & their tales don't get caught in gates. Ask ANY vet if they have ever treated an ACD for a tail injury - it doesn't happen. Docked tails speak volumes about the owner's integrity in the ownership of these fine animals - the owners that perpetuate this practice should have their ears notched.


I always give my puppies their first shots and always deworm them before I would sell them. I think that should be a RULE OF THUMB.

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Updated: 11/18/2019