Australian Cattle Dog Breed

Thinking of getting an Australian Cattle Dog and want to know if an Australian Cattle Dog is suitable for your household?

Use the Australian Cattle Dog information on this website to learn more about adaptability, health issues, life span of Australian Cattle Dog and more.

Australian Cattle Dog Facts

  • Name: Australian Cattle Dog
  • Other Names: Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall's Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler
  • Origin: Australia
  • Breed Group: Herding (AKC:1980 & UKC)
  • Breed Type: Purebred


Australian Cattle Dog Facts

Australian Cattle Dog Information

The Australian cattle dog is of moderate build, enabling it to combine great endurance with bursts of speed and the extreme agility necessary in controlling unruly cattle. It is sturdy and compact, slightly longer than it is tall. Its gait is supple and tireless, and it must be capable of quick and sudden movement. Its ability to stop quickly is aided by the rudderlike action of its tail (which is never docked). Its weather-resistant coat consists of a short, dense undercoat and moderately short, straight outer coat of medium texture.

Smart, hardy, independent, stubborn, tenacious, energetic and untiring — these are all traits essential to a driver of headstrong cattle, and all traits of the Australian cattle dog. This dog must have a job to do or it will expend its efforts on unacceptable jobs of its own. Given challenging mental and hard physical exercise daily, it is among the most responsive and obedient of dogs, an exemplary partner in adventure. It tends to nip at the heels of running children.

What to do if you lose your Australian Cattle Dog

If your Australian Cattle Dog or any other pet has gone missing and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. List your missing pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Register the missing pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups Here.

3. Contact the local vets to see if anyone has brought in your lost pet.

4. Contact the RSPCA or Visit the RSPCA Lost Pets website and complete a Lost Pet Report.

5. Visit Lost Pets Pages of Animal Shelters.

What to do if you find a lost Australian Cattle Dog

If you find a Australian Cattle Dog or any other pet and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. Register the found pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Register the missing pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups.

3. Contact the Local Council to collect the lost animal.

4. Take the pet to the local Animal Shelter near to your area.

5. Take the animal to the local Vet Clinic who can scan the animal’s microchip and call the registered owner of the pet.

Laws Regarding Missing Pets

1. It is against the law to keep any animal that you find.

2. Pets are generally considered property and it is illegal to take and keep someone else’s property.

3. You must contact your local animal control unit and file a FOUND AN ANIMAL report for any dog or cat you find.

4. To reclaim your lost dog, cat or other pet from the animal shelter you must pay a release fee.

5. If your dog or cat is unregistered, you will have to register your pet before you can take it home.