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Australian Cattle Dogs

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Blue Heeler, is a robust, tireless and powerful working dog. The length of the body is longer than it is tall, much like the Border Collie and Aussie dogs. The ears are wide-set , medium sized and pricked when alert. The eyes are oval, medium sized and alert. The Blue Heeler is the result of a deliberate breeding program between dogs of the collie type and wild, native Dingoes.


Australian Cattle Dogs are very intelligent and have an eagerness to please and to learn. This makes the breed very easy to train. The dogs have been noted to suffer a lack of self confidence as they go through adolescence so they need an attentive owner who will offer reassurance often. The breed needs plenty of exercise ad companionship and can become destructive without it. In comfortable surrounding, the Blue Heeler is an affectionate and loving dog and has become popular as a family pet. However, it is often wary of strangers which makes it a good watch dog and a good guard dog.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 17-20 inches (43-51cm) Bitches 17-19 inches (43-48cm)

    Weight: Dogs 32-35 pounds (15-16kg) Bitches 30-35 pounds (14-16kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed is largely free from genetic conditions and has a low susceptibility to diseases. However, they can be prone to deafness and skin diseases such as eczema. They can also suffer from hip dysplasia and PRA. 

  • Living Conditions

    The Australian Cattle Dog is not recommended for apartment life. This is a dog that needs a large yard or garden to run around in.

  • Exercise

    These dogs have incredible stamina and need a huge amount of exercise to keep it in top condition. Going for long walks and playing fetch is not sufficient for this breed. Like many herding dogs, this breed does best when it has a job to do. Without enough exercise, this dog can become destructive.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 12-15 years.

  • Litter Size

    Usually between 1 - 7 puppies. Average of 5 puppies

  • Grooming

    This breed requires little grooming because of its short hair. Occasionally brushing and combing the coat will suffice. Bathe this dog only when necessary. The breed tends to shed its coat once or twice a year.

  • Group

    Herding, AKC Herding

  • Recognition


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