The Australian Cattle Dog is a breed of
herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving
cattle over long distances across rough terrain. Today
it is a versatile breed: a courageous and tireless worker,
an intelligent and athletic companion and a loving and
playful family pet.
Australian Cattle Dogs
Australian Cattle Dog Breed
Australian Cattle Dog Classification:
Australian Cattle Dog are herd dogs.
Other Names: Australian Queensland
Heeler, Blue Heeler, Heeler, Queensland
Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler, AuCaDo,
Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Australian
Cattledog, Australischer Treibhund, ACD,
Australian Cattle Dog in Foreign Languages:
kvæg hund French: chien australien
de bétail Spanish: perro del ganado
australiano Swedish: Australiska boskap
Origins: Australian Cattle Dogs
were bred by drovers in Australia to move
cattle over long distances to market.
Description: Australian Cattle
dogs are medium-sized, short-coated, muscular
dogs. Their build is strong and compact,
they have erect ears and a prominent black
Size: Australian Cattle dogs weigh
between 33-55 lbs, they stand 17 to 20
17-20 inches tall
17-19 inches tall
Coat: Australian Cattle Dogs typically
are either "red" or "blue",
they have variety of speckled and mottled
markings and coat patterns.The Australian
Cattle Dogs coats are smooth, short with
dense fur. The solid blue coat has a bluish
appearance, caused by the mottling of
black, gray and white hairs all over the
dog's body. The red appearance is a result
white frosted hairs covering the coat.
Disposition: Australian Cattle
dogs are wary of strangers, they require
reassurance in order to stay confident.
They are loyal and good with children,
though they may nip at their heels in
an attempt to herd them.
Type Dog: Not surprisingly like
their name indicates Australian Cattle
dogs are classified as "herd dogs".
Litter Size: Australian Cattle
dogs give birth to litters of 1 to 7 puppies.
Behavior: Australian Cattle Dogs
are intelligent and quick to learn, but
has a high energy levels, an active mind,
they require attention, mental stimuli
and a moderate amount of daily exercise.
Australian Cattle dogs do best when they
have a "job" to do, if they
are not stimulated they will make their
own games, which may be destructive. They
may also herd other small animals (or
children), whether they want to be herded
Traits: Easy to train, and determined.
Country of Origin: Australia
Life Span: Australian Cattle dogs
dogs typically live 10-13 years.