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The Australian Cattle Dog breed has a very unique and one of a kind history. This breed was originally formed and maintained only on the property of the Hall family in the early 1800s which gave this family an advantage over every other farm. This breed was used to herd their cattle and participate with duties on their farmland. Following the death of the last Hall family members, their property and belongings were auctioned off. With this taking place, the "Hall Heelers" as they were known, were now available to everyone which then made this breed gain vast popularity. It is believed that the Australian Cattle Dog was created using Smithfield, Dingo, Blue Merle Collies, Dalmatians, and Black and Tan Kelpies bloodlines. This breed is also known as Australian Queeensland Heeler and Blue Heeler.


Both male and female Australian Cattle Dogs measure 17-20 inches in height and weigh in around 30-49 pounds. Built muscular, the Australian Cattle Dogs head is build somewhat square and rounded at the edges, their ears are large and triangular and should stand firm and directly upwards. A short and square neck directly flows into their short chest and down to their rounded legs that are the same width of their paws. Their tail should always hang low and slight curve at rest. This breed has a short, double layer coat that is rough to the touch. Colors include but aren't limited to, blue speckled with or without markings, red speckled and blue mottled. Some puppies may also have black or tan markings. The Australian Cattle Dogs have a large black nose and most commonly dark brown or black eyes.


The Australian Cattle Dog requires a lot of physical and mental activity in order to be a happy and healthy dog. Making an excellent jogging partner once full grown (to avoid joint and hip complication as they are growing), this breed has more endurance than most. This breed is intensely brave, smart and very hard working. It is very important to note that the Australian Cattle Dog will have major temperament issues if they are made to stay inside all day and not be outdoors working in a farm environment. This breed is not recommended for families with small children other animals or the elderly. Suited best for a country environment, this breed is also very protective and makes an excellent guard dog for your large property. This breed requires a firm owner who is consistent with rules and who can maintain enough duties for the Australian Cattle Dog to complete daily. Agility classes or other special training classes can work very well for this breed.


This breed tend to sheds every 6 months. Regular brushing is required and bathes when needed.

Special Notes

The Australian Cattle Dog is to deafness, this condition does not make the dog unable to train or own, however it does take more time and patience as well as training. Please fully educate yourself about the Australian Cattle Dog breed prior to adding one to your family to make sure the breed is the right breed for you and you are able to make a life long commitment to your new pup! All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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