Australian Cattle Dog Breed Information


Australian Cattle Quick Facts
Australian Cattle
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: Australia
Nickname: ACD, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler
Weight: 35-45 lbs
Height: 17-20 inches
Color(s): Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks.


Australian Cattle Appearance

The Australian Cattle is a medium dog, with an alert expression. They are courageous, tireless, robust and compact working dogs. Their body is slightly longer than it is tall. The dog is agile, well-muscled and determined while working. He is capable of quick and sudden movements. The eyes are medium size and oval in shape. Ears are widely set, and moderately pointed and pricked. The tail is set low, is a slightly curved and reaches just about to the hock

The Australian Cattle has a weather resistant double coat that consists on the short, straight protective outer and the short, kinky but dense undercoat. The hair on the neck is longer and thicker. The most common colors are Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks. The weight of the Australian Cattle is around 35-45 pounds and the height is around 17-20 inches.

Australian Cattle Temperament

The Australian Cattle is brave, vigilant and alert. They are one of the most intelligent breeds and are among the most responsive and obedient of dogs. They are loyal, brave, and hardworking. The Australian Cattle are sometimes suspicious of people and dogs they don't know and are usually reserved with strangers and fiercely protective if they perceive threatened. Australian Cattle Dogs love children, but may try to herd them. Early training with an experienced trainer is necessary to limit this behavior, but even then, there are no guarantees.

Is Australian Cattle the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Australian Cattle was breed to be active and tireless and needs a lot of physical and mental exercise; more than a simple walk on leash. . They are not recommended for apartment life and do best with at least a large yard. He is happy when have a job to do, especially herding, and could become bored and destructive if left along for long periods of time. They have a very strong personality and in order to be happy, will need an owner who is just as strong and stubborn as they are. The Australian Cattle could live outside in temperate to cool climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside with his family.

Australian Cattle Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Australian Cattle is around 10-13 years.

Australian Cattle Health problems

The Australian Cattle is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associate with this breed is CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans) and congenital hereditary deafness. They could also be prone to y progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and PPM (Persistent Pupillary Membrane). As with all breeds the Australian Cattle will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy

Australian Cattle Care and Grooming

The Australian Cattle doesn’t require too much grooming. You can simply brush his coat occasionally to keep it smooth and in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Clean and check their ears regularly to avoid infections.

Australian Cattle Shedding

The Australian Cattle is an average shedder, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.