How Much Does a Blue Heeler Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The blue heeler is considered to be a high energy and clever dog that is both active and athletic.  They were initially bred as working dogs and are capable of herding cattle and sheep.

Officially known as the Australian cattle dog, the blue heeler was bred in Australia during the 1800s as a cross between the dingo-blue merle collies, Dalmatians, and black and tan kelpies.  The cross-breeding resulted in the Blue Heeler breed that resembles the build and body type of the wild dingo, having unique markings in hues of red, black, tan, and blue.  The Blue Heeler was bred as a cattle herder dog and continues to perform the duty up to now, in addition to serving as a house pet.

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How much does a Blue Heeler cost?

On average, a Blue Heeler puppy range anywhere from $250 for a ranch-bred puppy to over $1,100 for a high-quality ACK trained dog.  The costs will depend on the dog’s age, its history, bloodline, the breeder, geographical location and inclusions.

PuppyFind.com, for example, had 250 listings at the time of this publishing, with prices ranging from $500 to $2,000.

On RanchWorldAds.com, they had close to 30+ listings, with the average price ranging from as little as $300 to $800 for an AKC registered dog.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations, deworming sessions and a health guarantee.  If the dog is being shipped via an airline or by ground, then a travel crate will be included as well.  Also, from what we saw on classified ads, many breeders would dock the tails and remove the dewclaws, too.

What are the extra costs?

If being shipped via an airline, most of your major airlines charge $200 to $350.

Regular grooming and brushing is highly recommended.  Hand stripping or clipping is recommended once every six to eight weeks to get rid of dead hairs to prevent matting.  If you were to hire a professional groomer, each session could cost about $60 on average.  However, there are also tools that you can purchase to do this job yourself.  While these tools may be more expensive up front, doing the grooming yourself will save you a lot of money throughout the dog’s life.

Routine/surprise vet care, medication and deworming should also be included in your budget.  A healthy dog can easily cost $600 to $800 per year.

While optional, it is advisable to purchase a pet insurance policy to cover unexpected vet bills.

Neutering or spaying, which the breeder often doesn’t include, is a necessary expense to consider.

Obedience training as a puppy is recommended to teach it the basics of sit, stay and lay down.  These training sessions can also help an owner gain control and keep the dog from being destructive when away.

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Blue heelers are a sturdy, solid, and compact dog breed with an alert, ready-to-work stance.  They are slightly longer than tall with a curved, hanging tail and have strong necks, muscular legs, and broad, fairly rounded heads with pointy ears.  They have a dense, weather-resistant coat that comes either red speckled or blue speckled—both with the possible dark or tan markings.

Its coat compromises of a weather resistant double coat, with the outer coat being flat, hard, straight and close.  The most common colors include blue, blue speckle, blue-mottled or red speckle.  The blue coats will also have markings of either tan, blue or black.  As puppies, they will always be white in color, but if you look at the pads of the paws, this will show off their adult color.

The average height of a blue heeler is 17 to 20 inches and can weigh anywhere from 25 to 50 pounds, with females slightly smaller.

The Blue heeler has a life expectancy of 10 and 13 years.

The dog is suitable for living on a rural farm or in a suburban home with a yard, but it will not fare well with apartment living.  This dog loves to exercise, including herding, playing frisbee and fetch.

This breed is susceptible to deafness, hip dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy, according to Animal-World.com.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting a Blue Heeler as these are very common dogs, and even if you’re not able to find one, there are many mixes with Blue Heeler genetics. Whether it’s via AdoptaPet.com or even visiting your local animal shelter, there could be a good chance you find a dog that needs a forever home.  A Blue Heeler rescue group could be in your area as well.  These groups will only focus on this breed and will work similar to that of an adoption center.


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