Australian Cattle Dog

Other names : ACD, Cattle Dog, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Queensland Heeler

Photo: adult dog of Australian Cattle Dog breed
Photo: puppy of Australian Cattle Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Australian Cattle Dog has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 19 in
Male Between 18 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 66 lb
Male Between 44 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Blue Red
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog: Origins and history

The Australian Cattle Dog first arrived in the UK from Australia in 1980. Its popularity gave rise to an influx of the breed from countries other than down under. The breed was soon recognised by the Kennel Club and its popularity as a pet has steadily risen ever since. 

FCI classification of the Australian Cattle Dog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 2 : Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

Training a Australian Cattle Dog

A strong-willed animal is the Australian Cattle Dog and one that is easy to train. However, being independent the Australian Cattle Dog requires a stronger-willed leader who is confident and consistent. 

Australian Cattle Dog: Purchase price

This breed will cost you between £600 and £800 to buy and between £40 and £80 per month to keep.

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