Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

A classic cattle dog, Australian Cattle Dogs were developed from a mixture of breeds in Australia in the 19th century, and still maintain their energetic herding instincts today.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 18-20in

Female: 17-19in

Weight

Male: 33-49lb

Female: 33-49lb

Fun Fact

Many breeds were likely mixed to create Australian Cattle Dogs, although the exact mixture is not known. Collies, Kelpies, German Shepherds and even Dingoes are thought by some to have gone into the breed---genomics will one day help us answer this question!

About this Breed

Also referred to as Blue Heelers, Australian Cattle Dogs are energetic herding dogs bred to drive cattle by biting at their heels. They are alert and active with a bit of an independent streak, requiring proper training and exercise but relatively little grooming (although they can shed a lot!). Born white, they quickly grow a unique blue or red speckle coat, with lighter piebald patterning associated with hereditary deafness. Otherwise, they are generally healthy, with an average lifespan of 12-14 years. They also make great agility dogs, but their herding instincts can sometimes cause problems if they start nipping at children’s feet.

Australian Cattle Dogs on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Australian Cattle Dog ancestry.

  • Odin

    Odin 'stinky butt' Mussatti

    Purebred

    Frost

    Frost

    Purebred

    Willow

    Willow

    Purebred

    Delta

    Delta

    Purebred

  • Shadoe

    Shadoe

    Purebred

    Prozac

    Prozac

    Purebred

    Ozzie

    Ozzie

    Purebred

    Sydney

    Sydney

    Purebred

  • Cooper

    Cooper

    Purebred

    Pom

    Pom

    Purebred

    Pee Wee

    Pee Wee

    Purebred

    Neptune

    Neptune

    Purebred

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Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Cooper
  2. Finn
  3. Max
  4. Charlie
  5. Bear
  6. Jack
  7. Bandit
  8. Buddy
  9. Tucker
  10. Scout

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Lucy
  3. Bella
  4. Sadie
  5. Stella
  6. Maggie
  7. Penny
  8. Daisy
  9. Bailey
  10. Ruby

Common Locations

  1. Texas, United States
  2. California, United States
  3. Colorado, United States
  4. Arizona, United States
  5. Washington, United States
  6. New York, United States
  7. New Mexico, United States
  8. Illinois, United States
  9. Tennessee, United States
  10. Pennsylvania, United States

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