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 8049 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 8049 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dogs.
  • 1. Diesel
  • 2. Tank
  • 3. Harley
  • 4. Molly
  • 5. Bailey
  • 6. Tasha
  • 7. Bentley
  • 8. Blue
  • 9. Bella
  • 10. Beau
  • 11. Hank
  • 12. Buck
  • 13. Maggie
  • 14. Max
  • 15. Candy
  • 16. Bandit
  • 17. Bruiser
  • 18. Jake
  • 19. Lilly
  • 20. Sadie

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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:
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.

Anonymous asked:
We have a 9 week old Australian Cattle Dog pup. He’s great but randomly gets this burst of energy and wants to destroy everything. Normal? Also can be aggressive for short periods wanting to bite us but I’m going with it’s just puppy play. Other than that he’s great. Any comments or advice? Thanks



Needs to be "fixed" then in a couple months his attitude will slow down and he will relax and let him know u do not approve of his aggressiveness put a hand on him and speak forcefully saying " no " loudly


Please don't "put a hand on him". The random bursts of energy you are talking about are called "The Zoomies". Puppies and kittens, as well as human children get this burst of energy now and again. Even adults, both human and animal still get the zoomies now and again. It is a natural and normal thing. However, setting your pup up for success is the best way to curb the destructive behavior you dislike. Have a box of approved toys and give them to your pup when the zoomies hit. As for the biting, your pup is tapping into his instincts as a herding dog. Because he is young, he had no learned bite inhibition with humans yet and so the biting coupled with his herding instincts can be hard to handle. When he nips at you, yelp loudly and turn away from your pup. Count to 20 and then turn back to him and praise after he's stopped. This will teach him that biting.nipping a human will cause him to be ignored, which he does not want. He will soon go and grab toys instead and ask you to play instead of bite or nip you.


My baby dog had these occasional aggressive episodes. They were absolutely temper tantrums and occurred when she was tired. I handled these rare episodes by putting her in her crate for time outs. I would tell her that she was welcome to come out when she was able to control herself because she cannot bite her mommie! She would pull herself together after 5 minutes. Also make sure your baby dog has nap times. I would put my baby girl in crate for a nap most days (she always disagreed) and go out with my adult cattle dog for one on one time with him. After an hour or two she would wake up and be her cute self. I did this routine for about her first 6 months. Til she was about 8 months old.


My 13 week female ACD is a study in manic/depressive behavior. I have found, more or less her rythym. She's potty trained after 2 weeks. She much prefers outside. When she needs to go it is very obvious. She practically talks! She's not a cuddler. When she's sleeping, let 'er be. About 5:30am she'll wake me with a yelp and then you get the daily double; pee 'n poo. She'll lay back down and let me snooze for another hour and a half. Then she's on my chest, eyes open and with a lick; Ultra Heeler. Zoomies is a great term. Outside, rain or shine, we run off some energy, eat breakfast and discover a world thru puppy eyes. You would be better off not trying to control this Zoomie thing, expect it, direct it and distract it.

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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?



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.


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


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

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Updated: 5/20/2019