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Australian Cattle Dog

Origin Australia
GroupPastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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Other Names
What other names does the Australian Cattle Dog have? The breed also known as...
Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall39;s Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Australian Cattle Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Australian Cattle Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Cattle Dog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Australian Cattle Dog's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Australian Cattle Dog weigh?
30-62 pounds (13-28 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
46 pounds (20.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Cattle Dog?
Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Australian Cattle Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Cattle Dog's coat?
Blue SpeckledRedMottled
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Cattle Dog and how often?
Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Australian Cattle Dog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Australian Cattle Dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine?
Australian Cattle Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Cattle Dog have?
AggressiveEnergeticLoyalResponsiveAlertIntelligentProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Cattle Dog?
Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Australian Cattle Dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Australian Cattle Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Australian Cattle Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does this dog need?
Australian Cattle Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Australian Cattle Dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Australian Cattle Dogs good watchdogs?
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Australian Cattle Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Australian Cattle Dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Australian Cattle Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Cattle Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Cattle Dog do?
Australian Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Cattle Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Cattle Dog to run away? This dog's wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Cattle Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Australian Cattle Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Cattle Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Australian Cattle Dogs good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Australian Cattle Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Australian Cattle Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Cattle Dogs kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Australian Cattle Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Cattle Dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Cattle Dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Australian Cattle Dogs have health problems?
Australian Cattle Dogs are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Cattle Dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Cattle Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Australian Cattle Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Cattle Dog have?
Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Australian Cattle Dogs require per day?
Australian Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Australian Cattle Dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Australian Cattle Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Australian Cattle Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Cattle Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Cattle Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Australian Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do Pulis drool?
The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Cattle Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Australian Cattle Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Australian Cattle Dog puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Cattle Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Australian Cattle Dog have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Cattle Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-7 puppies, average 5

Advantages

  • Grooming: Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train.
  • Territorial: Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Cattle Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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