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Australian Cattle Dog

September 1, 2022

The Australian Cattle Dog originates from Australia, as the name suggests. It is a short coat herding dog often used to move cattle and sheep over enormous tracts of land.

It was designed in Australia for driving cattle over long distances through some of the country's rough terrain. The Australian Cattle Dog shares its intelligent and energetic traits with other herding dog breeds.

Fun facts

  • The Australian Cattle Dog originates from Australia, where they were designed to herd cattle.
  • Australian Cattle Dog is also called a heeler or red heeler. The dog is energetic and intelligent, a common trait amongst herding dog breeds.
  • The average lifespan of the heeler is 11 to 16 years.
  • They carry their young for 63 days, roughly two and a half months. Their young ones are born white and develop color as they grow.
  • A lesser-known fact about the Australian Cattle Dog is that they are descendants of the dingoes.
  • Pet owners will love that an Australian Cattle Dog does not shed and therefore requires minimum grooming except for the occasional wipe-down to prevent odor build-up.


  1. Richard E Bourgea

    I had an Australian Cattle Dog “Mix” who lived to be 15 years 4 months. She was the sweetest, most intelligent, obedient, people pleasing dog I ever owned. However, she did shed profusely. Also, I initially read that the Australian Cattle Dog Breed was actually bred in Miami, Florida of all places! What should I believe??

  2. Melanie

    My Rec heeler Australian Cattle dog sheds year around. He sheds more than any dog I have ever had.


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