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Australian Cattle Dogs

Also referred to as Australian Heelers, Blue Heelers or Queensland Heelers

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Australian Cattle Dog

All About the Australian Cattle Dogs

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Average Height & Weight

The Australian Cattle Dog is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 18 to 20 inches.

Weight: 35 to 45 pounds.

Females – Height: 17 to 19 inches.

Weight: 35 to 45 pounds.

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Australian Cattle Dog


Typical Coloring

Australian Cattle Dogs are commonly: red, they sometimes have black, blue or tan markings.





Australian Cattle Dogs are determined, diligent workers. They stick at a task until it’s finished, and they approach each job with an all-business attitude. They are very smart dogs, and they are happiest when they have a task at hand. If they’re not given a task by their masters, they can get into trouble inventing their own.




Activity Level

Often described as “tireless,” Australian Cattle Dogs are a high-energy breed and need a great deal of daily exercise; a short walk simply won’t do!

They enjoy long runs, and getting daily mental stimulation is just as important as physical. Obedience lessons are a good investment for this breed, as they provide mental and physical activity.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 13 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Australian Cattle Dogs include deafness, canine hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Cataract, lens luxation, Von Willebrand Disease and persistent pupillary membranes are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Australian Cattle Dogs have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Australian Cattle Dog


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Australian Cattle Dogs are great dogs for active families who do not live in apartments, which are too small for the active breed. They generally do well with children, though sometimes the dogs will nip at kids’ heels. They are friendly toward other dogs but shy with other household pets.




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