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How Much Does an Australian Cattle Dog Cost in 2024?

If you’re looking for an energetic companion the Australian Cattle dog is a great breed to own. On an average this breed can cost anything between $400 to $700. Before purchasing any breed it's important to understand the costs that will come with caring for your new pet.

Characteristics of an Australian Cattle Dog

  • Adult weight: 35-50 lbs

  • Adult height: 17 – 20 in.

  • Origin - Australia

  • Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

The Australian Cattle dog, just as its name suggests, was developed in Australia in the 19th century. Their purpose was to be a herding dog breed.

It is believed that the British settlers arrived in Australia with their herding dogs in the 1800’s. This breed was crossed with the Australian Dingo to create a breed that could adapt to harsh conditions. They were highly valued by the Australian farmers for their abilities, endurance, and resilience. They played a major role in moving herds across long distances.

Currently, this breed is not just appreciated for their physical capabilities but also for being great companions. One of the cool facts is that the Australian Cattle dogs are also great at dog sports!

What is the price of an Australian Cattle Dog?

Now that you have an idea about their origin and unique features let’s get started with some more information to understand their needs and expenses.

Adoption: $500 – $1500

The cost of an Australian Cattle Dog can vary based on their age, lineage, breeder, shelter, etc. On average they can cost $500 to $1500 from a good breeder. Before purchasing a puppy it's better to have a look at the adoption shelters locally as their adoption fees are cheaper than that of a breeder.

Monthly costs for an Australian Cattle Dog puppy

Diets: $40-$100

The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized active dog breed and hence they need good quality food to keep them healthy. For puppies, it’s better to start with a food formula and then move to an adult formula. Additionally, dog treats and supplements can also be added if needed.

Grooming: $20-$50

The grooming cost of an Australian cattle dog is low compared to the other breeds as they have a short, thick coat that doesn’t shed as much. Once a week brushing can help maintain their coat. Trimming their nails 1-2 times a month and ear and teeth cleaning is required to keep them away from infections. Professional grooming is required only twice a year.

Medical Costs: $100-$200

The Australian Cattle Dog is a strong working dog breed that hardly falls sick. There are a few health conditions that can sometimes affect the breed. If any of these illnesses require regular vet visits, then your monthly costs will increase. As they are an athletic dog breed their ligaments may wear out. Some of the common illnesses they are prone to are -

Hip Dysplasia - In this condition, the hind legs move together, and the dog almost looks like it is hopping. This condition leads to stiffness and difficulty in walking. Treatment costs can vary between $50 - $150.

Progressive retinal atrophy- It is an eye condition where retinal deterioration leads to impaired vision. In some cases, it can lead to blindness. Cost of supplements can be $50-$100.

Deafness- They have a genetic predisposition to deafness. The cost of treatment can be $100-$300 or more.

One-time costs for an Australian Cattle Dog

Initial Costs: $300-$500

These supplies may include a collar, leash, food and water bowls, bedding, crate, toys, and grooming tools. All of these are necessary and can cost $200-$300. Initial costs post-purchasing your pet generally include the cost of supplies needed in the initial phase of their life to make them feel welcomed. These may cost $100-$300 depending on their needs.

Microchipping: $25-$50

Microchipping is the best way to ensure that your pet is safe and can be found if they go missing. The cost of microchipping can range from $25 to $50. The best way is to contact local veterinary clinics, animal shelters, or mobile microchipping services in your area to understand the packages and pricing of this service.

Vaccines: $20-$50

Core vaccines, which are considered mandatory for all dogs, generally include vaccines against diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. non-core vaccines for dogs include vaccines against diseases like leptospirosis and Bordetella. These may cost an additional $10-$15.


It’s best to keep aside $100-$150 for such expenses. These costs may include expenses related to a dog sitter or walker in case you don’t have enough time to take your dog for walks and jogs as well as to have someone at home with your pet if you decide to go out of town for a few days.

Lifetime Australian Cattle Dog Cost

The lifetime cost of owning an Australian Cattle Dog could range from $10,000 to $20,000 based on their lifetime of 12-15 years. These costs generally include initial purchase cost of $500 to $1,500+, annual checkups and medical costs of $200 to $500 per year, the cost of feeding ranges from $500 to $1,000 per year, grooming and training costs of $200-$500, and the cost of supplies like collars, leashes, bowls, toys, etc of $100 to $300. Lastly, pet insurance premiums may range from $20 to $50 + other miscellaneous expenses based on other events.


The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Blue Heeler is a breed with some different qualities. As they are a working dog breed it’s best to know what kind of family would be suitable for them. If you are active or are a family that has the time to train and exercise with your pet then they are the perfect fit for you. However, this breed may not be suitable for a family with small kids due to their herding instincts. But with proper training, this breed can serve to be great companions.

This breed is also extremely loyal and loves to please their owners so If you can provide them with what they need they might just be the fit for you!

Happy Parenting to you and Lots of Love to your pup or your soon-to-be family!


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