Australian Cattle Dog Puppies

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The Brave, Loyal, and Energetic Australian Cattle Dog Quick Facts

This muscular and athletic crossbreed is directly related to the Australian wild dog, the Dingo. They are very alert and intelligent, and have a reputation for outsmarting their owners. They love to work, and are excellent hunters, love chasing things, and of course, herding. They are very loyal, but can be wary of strangers.

Australian Cattle Dog At a Glance

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Australian Cattle Dog At a Glance

  • Size: 17"-20", 35-50 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Smooth and thick
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Herding
  • Common Nicknames: Red Heeler, Blue Heeler, Australian Heeler, Queensland Heeler

Australian Cattle Dog Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Australian Cattle Dogs are obedient, brave, loyal, and full of energy. They need a lot of activity, both mental and physical. Otherwise, they may become bored and, as a result, destructive. So, this breed is not recommended for apartment living, nor for homes in which it will be left alone for extended periods of time. Australian Cattle Dogs have a tendency to be somewhat territorial, and will defend anything that they consider their territory. This breed is timid around strangers, but devoted to their owner. Like all dogs, Australian Cattle Dogs require early socialization and exposure to lots of different environments, people, and sounds. These pups are smart but may be stubborn during training, so a firm, positive form of training is key.

  • Health

    Australian Cattle Dogs should be checked regularly for things like hip dysplasia, and eye disorders. They are known to have hearing problems as well, so their hearing should be checked at veterinary visits.

  • Activity Level

    Australian Cattle Dogs are very active and high-energy, and need more than a quick walk or playing in the yard. They do best with a task involved in their exercise, and are perfect for people with farms or large properties. They are also great running companions, which is a great way for them to expend their energy with their owners.

  • Grooming

    The Australian Cattle Dog's double-coat is not oily, and only needs brushed about once a week. During shedding seasons you may need to brush them every few days to remove loose and dead hair. A bristle brush is recommended to remove loose hair and stimulate the skin.

  • Shedding

    You can expect your Australian Cattle Dog to shed moderately throughout the year, and heavier in the spring and fall.

  • Appearance

    They have a smooth, double-layer coat that is easily maintained. Their raised tapered ears are often up when they are alert, and their oval eyes sparkle with attention. Their colors vary and can either be mottled or speckled with shades of white, blue, grey, black, or red. Each Australian Cattle Dog's coat is unique.

  • History

    As its name may suggest, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred in the 19th century by Australian settlers to herd cattle on ranches. The Australian Cattle Dog we know today is the result of many different hybrids and cross-breedings. The goal was to produce a dog who could withstand Australia's harsh climate. Because of their silvery, blue-ish coat, Australian Cattle Dogs became known as Blue Heelers, especially in Queensland. Today, they're still often referred to as Queensland Heelers. After a while, the breed was registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1980.