Australian Cattle Dog

USD $500-$700 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 56
Origin Australia
Other Names ACD, Blue Heeler, Cattle Dog, Hall39;s Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Red Heeler
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$700
How much does it cost to buy a Australian Cattle Dog?
Australian Cattle Dog are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $500 to $700 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Australian Cattle Dogs can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Medium
Weight 30-62 pounds (13-28 kg)
Height Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm),
Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1980 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledog
Purpose Cattle Droving
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Dingo

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense
Coat Colors Blue, Mottled, Red, Speckled
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Blue, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Blue, Red
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Monthly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Aggressive, Alert, Defensive, Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal, Protective, Respondent, Responsive, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Australian Cattle Dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 1-7 puppies, average 5 (Once a year.)


The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized breed of herding dog that originated in Australia. It is also known as the Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, or Queensland Heeler. The breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and hardworking nature.

Appearance: The Australian Cattle Dog has a muscular body with a broad chest and strong legs. Its coat is short and dense with colors ranging from blue to red speckled with white markings. The ears are pointed and the tail is usually docked short.

Lifespan, Size, Weight & Colors: The average lifespan of an Australian Cattle Dog is between 10-13 years. They typically weigh between 35-50 pounds and stand 17-20 inches tall at the shoulder. Common coat colors include blue or red speckled with white markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail tip.

Personality: Australian Cattle Dogs are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners. They have an independent streak but are loyal to their families once they bond with them. They can be stubborn at times but respond well to positive reinforcement training methods such as clicker training or reward-based training methods like treats or praise when they do something correctly.

Friendliness: Australian Cattle Dogs are friendly towards other dogs if properly socialized from a young age but can be wary of strangers if not properly socialized early on in life. They tend to get along well with children if raised around them from puppyhood but may try to herd them due to their herding instinct so it’s important for owners to teach their dog proper boundaries when interacting with children in order to prevent any unwanted behavior from occurring such as nipping at heels or barking excessively when playing games together outside in the yard etc.. As far as other animals go they tend not to get along well unless raised around them since they have a strong prey drive which can lead them into chasing after small animals like cats or rabbits etc..

Temperament: The temperament of an Australian Cattle Dog varies depending on how it was raised by its owner(s). Generally speaking though these dogs tend to be alert and active yet gentle when around people they know well such as family members or close friends etc.. They also make great watchdogs since they’re always aware of what’s going on around them which makes them great guard dogs too!

Health: Generally speaking these dogs are quite healthy however there are some health issues that may arise due to genetic predisposition such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint doesn’t form correctly), eye problems (such as progressive retinal atrophy), deafness (due to lack of pigment in certain areas) and skin allergies (which can cause itching). It’s important for owners of this breed therefore that regular vet checkups take place so any potential health issues can be caught early before becoming more serious problems down the line!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets: These dogs adapt very well both indoors and outdoors making them suitable for both city living environments where space may be limited as well as rural settings where there’s plenty of room for running around outside! Their intelligence makes them easy trainable which means you won’t have too much trouble teaching your pup basic commands like sit/stay/come etc.. Plus their loyal nature means you won’t ever have worry about leaving your pup alone while you go out either since he/she will always stay by your side no matter what! All in all these pups make great pets due their loving personalities combined with their intelligence making it easy for owners who want an obedient yet loving companion by their side!


The Australian Cattle Dog is a breed of herding dog that was developed in Australia for the purpose of driving cattle. The breed is also known as the Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, or Queensland Heeler. It is a cross between the Dingo and the Collie.

The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to be a working dog, and it is still used for that purpose today. The breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s due to a lack of interest in it as a working dog. However, the breed regained popularity in Australia and is now one of the most popular breeds in that country.

The ancestry of the Australian Cattle Dog can be traced back to the early 1800s when settlers in Australia began cross-breeding Dingoes with Collies. The resulting dogs were used for herding cattle on vast open ranges. These dogs were tough and tenacious, able to withstand harsh conditions and long hours of work.

In 1873, the first official record of the Australian Cattle Dog was made by Dr. John Macdonald, who described them as "a cross between the Dingo and Highland Collie". In 1880, another breeder named Robert Kaleski began developing the breed we now know as the Australian Cattle Dog. Kaleski's goal was to create a dog that was specifically suited to life in Australia's outback.

The Australian Cattle Dog was recognized as a distinct breed by the Kennel Club of England in 1903 and by the American Kennel Club in 1980. Today, they are widely considered to be one of the best herding dogs in existence and are used for a variety of purposes including livestock management, search and rescue, obedience training, and even therapy work.