Australian Cattle Dog Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Australian Cattle Dog (blue heeler) running on lush green grass
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Written by Angie Menjivar

Published: April 21, 2024

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The Australian cattle dog, also known a blue or red heeler, is a persistent, intelligent, and loyal pup with boundless energy. They are herders and their cleverness frequently leaves their owners astounded. These pups reach up to 20 inches in height and need lots of activity to satisfy their energy needs. They can move livestock during the day and join you on your evening runs. Those interested in the Australian cattle dog would be wise to set up regular training to keep their new pups mentally and physically healthy. Discover Australian cattle dog prices in 2024, including the purchase cost and extras, like vet bills!

How Much Does an Australian Cattle Puppy Cost?

On average, an Australian cattle puppy costs between $500 and $1,200. Prices are highly dependent on the location. For example, in the northeast and west, prices are typically between $800 and $1,200 and in the south and midwest, they’re usually between $500 and $1,000. However, some puppy sites list Australian cattle puppies as low as $275 and as high as $2,500.

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The cost of Australian cattle puppies depends on several factors, including where you live.

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Emily Plemons, who breeds AKC registered blue heelers and corgis at Crepe Myrtle Acres in Angier, NC, spoke with A-Z-Animals. She explains that breeders tend to set their prices based on several factors. They include the type of shelter the puppies are kept in, the breeder’s reputation, the puppy’s age, and their lineage. She is the type of breeder who offers regular updates and photos to interested customers. This gives insight to the comfortable shelter conditions that contribute to healthy puppies awaiting their forever homes.

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of an Australian Cattle Dog

An AKC registered Australian cattle puppy ensures you have a pup born in the US and that the breed is eligible for registration. Reputable breeders comply with breeding standards, which include genetic criteria. Lineage impacts the price you pay for a blue heeler puppy. A breeder focuses on carefully picking out which pairs to breed based on several factors. These include genetic information and specific traits they want in the litter. A puppy that comes from a strong lineage is going to be on the higher end of the price spectrum. Your breeder documents the pedigree, confirming the bloodline, traits, and characteristics that make these puppies so valuable.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for Australian Cattle Dogs

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Often, the cost of initial vaccines and spay/neuter surgery is included in the purchase price.

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When you’re working with a reputable breeder, the cost of initial vaccinations and early medical expenses is typically included in the price. However, not all breeders do this as they’re only required to confirm a rabies vaccine (be sure to double check what the price includes if you’re in the market for one of these puppies). Additionally, your breeder often spays or neuters your puppy before they go home with you, and include these initial medical expenses in the purchase price of the pup. If you seek out these services on your own, you can expect to pay between $20 to $100 per vaccine, though low-cost veterinary clinics offer more affordable shots. Spay and neuter surgeries cost between $250 and $600 at private veterinary clinics, but are significantly more affordable via local, low-cost programs.

Cost of Food and Supplies for Australian Cattle Dogs

Before taking your new Australian cattle puppy home, you should set up their food and supplies. These dogs are highly active, which means they need plenty of nutrient-dense food to ensure they have adequate energy levels. Depending on the brand and type of food you feed your dog, you can expect to pay between $40 and $100 each month. Supplies include food and water bowls, which range from $10 to $25 and a dog bed, which can be as low as $15 or as much as $50 on average. You also need a collar/harness, leash, and toys, which tack on additional $60 to $100.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Australian Cattle Dog

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Get your Australian cattle dog insured early so they have coverage for accidents and illnesses.

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The cost to insure an Australian cattle dog depends on your location, the coverage you select, and the annual deductible. On the lower end, you can expect to pay about $40 per month but with more comprehensive coverage, that number rises to $70 per month or more. This is assuming a $500 deductible, though some pet insurance companies may offer a lower deductible.

How Much Does It Cost to Train an Australian Cattle Dog

Blue heelers are clever pups, which requires early training and socialization to ensure they learn appropriate behaviors. There are guides to Australian cattle dog training that you can follow, but this is a serious commitment and you should already have some familiarity with the breed. Dog trainers may offer a range of services, including one-on-one training classes, group classes, or boarding and training services bundled up. Private sessions may cost between $50 to $250 per session. Ultimately, the cost depends on your location, the experience of the trainer, and the extent of the training.

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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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