Australian Cattle Dog Puppies
Also known as Australian heelers, blue heelers, and Queensland heelers, Australian Cattle Dogs are well-known for their work ethic and distinctive speckled or mottled coats. If you’ve decided one may be right for you, you may be wondering where to find Australian Cattle Dog puppies. Luckily, there is a lot to learn and love about this breed. We’ve compiled a puppy guide for the Australian Cattle Dog below.
Where To Get Australian Cattle Dog Puppies
Surprisingly, you may find an Australian Cattle Dog who was surrendered to a shelter. They’re a breed that’s likely to show up in shelters. In addition, you may be able to adopt a puppy through an Australian Cattle Dog rescue organization. If you’re willing to give a dog a second chance at a better life, rescuing makes a great option! Narrowsparrowblue…
One potential downside to adopting from a shelter or rescue is not knowing necessary health or personality information about your puppy or dog’s parents. While these organizations try to keep good records when possible, theirs won’t necessarily be the same as a puppy’s breeder. Doing your research on an ethical breeder will help you get any necessary vet records and breeding history up front.
Most Australian Cattle Dog puppies will cost $400-$700 from a reputable breeder. If you’re looking for one with show-quality pedigree and breed lines, the cost can be closer to $3000. Since responsible breeders will include important costs in the price of their puppies, a higher price point is a good sign. A higher up-front cost means you’re less likely to pay high vet bills later in your dog’s life. Callemeblue…
Don’t be fooled by very low prices for Australian Cattle Dog puppies. This could be a sign of a backyard breeding operation. If a breeder isn’t willing to show you where they keep their dogs and demands to meet in a neutral location, stay away. While you might want to help rescue a puppy or dog from a bad situation, it’s better to put your money towards people who care about the health of their dogs and the breed.
Australian Cattle Dogs have short, smooth coats in a variety of distinctive colors and markings. Their colors include blue, blue mottled, blue speckled, red speckled, and red mottled. Their possible markings include tan, red, and black and tan. Puppies will start out white and develop these colors as they grow.
This is a medium sized breed. Australian Cattle Dogs will weigh 35-50 pounds during their lifetimes. Males grow to 18-20 inches tall at the shoulder, while females are a bit smaller at 17-19 inches. P_moutarde…
If properly socialized, an Australian Cattle Dog will make a great family companion. The breed does all right with kids, but generally will do better in a family with older kids or kids who are used to dogs. They do okay with other dogs, but may thrive better as the only dog in a household. Without early socialization and training, an Australian Cattle Dog may become overprotective and vigilant. While they are loyal pets, they do have a bit of an independent streak. Their intelligence and people-pleasing tendencies do make them easy dogs to train.
Australian Cattle Dogs are very high-energy. They’ll need daily physical exercise and mental tasks. If you’re looking for a running or jogging buddy, an Australian Cattle Dog may be the choice for you! In addition, if you’re looking for a working farm dog, you couldn’t do any better than a herder with generations of job experience. Canine sports like rally or agility may also provide an outlet for their boundless energy. Callmeblue_fci…
Australian Cattle Dog Puppies – Veterinary Needs
A responsible Australian Cattle Dog breeder will perform health screenings on their puppies and breeding pairs for health issues common to the breed. These include hip dysplasia, deafness, and eye conditions which could result in sight loss over time. It’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for any symptoms of these conditions, even if your puppy passed their screenings. Regular vet visits will also help with early detection and treatment.
Right after you’ve bought or adopted your puppy, you’ll need to take them to your vet every three weeks for the first few months of their lives. These visits are not only important to check whether your puppy is growing up healthy. They’ll also need a series of vaccinations. These include shots against potentially fatal diseases like distemper, rabies, and parvovirus. If preferred, you can also get vaccinations against kennel cough at this time. Check out our puppy vaccine schedule here.
It’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist before deciding on a diet that’s best for your Australian Cattle Dog. Make sure to take your dog’s age, weight, and overall health into account.
Whether you’re leaning towards a raw diet, a home-cooked diet, or a kibble, high quality is always the best option. There are risks to both raw diets and grain-free dog foods, so make sure those are the best possible options before committing. Banski_blue…
Australian Cattle Dogs need a diet that supports their high energy levels. A nutritionally-balanced meal will also keep their thick, all-weather coats healthy and shiny. If you choose to use supplements alongside your dog’s food, make sure to discuss them with your veterinarian or nutritionist first.
An Australian Cattle Dog’s coat is naturally oil and odor free. They will shed their double coat twice a year. Most of the year, they look their best with a weekly brush through. Use a good quality comb and smooth-bristle brush. Brush them more frequently when they’re shedding to cut down on dead hair. Australian Cattle Dogs only need occasional baths.
Make sure to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Brushing an Australian Cattle Dog’s teeth regularly will help cut down on the likelihood of dental disease. Check their ears for wax buildup and debris.