Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Border Heeler

Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

The front right side of a black with white Border Heeler that is standing on a wooden porch with a wooden gate behind it and it is looking forward.

Harley the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog mix at 7 months old—"Harley is a Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog. He gets to run all day around the farm due to all of the energy he has. He is in training to be a working farm dog. He loves to run and play as well as heard the horses and goats. He is a very smart and loyal dog who is always making people smile. For his breeding he is very well balanced. He shows traits from both breeds."

Other Names
  • Aussie Border Heeler
Description

The Border Heeler is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Border Collie and the Australian Cattle Dog. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Note: the Australian Cattle Dog is also called Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Australian Cattledog and Australischer Treibhund.

Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
A black and white Border Heeler is laying on a bed, near a persons legs and it is looking forward.

Mercedes the Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix at 2 years old—"Mercedes is a Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix. She is very well behaved. She has never shown aggressive behaviour. My husband and I have had her around friends children and she nurtures them as if they are her pups. The youngest child was a newborn. She laid by the little ones bouncy seat at all times. If the mother or myself picked up the baby, Mercedes was following right behind. She is also amazing with our 2 cats (Snickerdoodles and Mr. Smitters), as well as other dogs. Her play buddies include... Sammy the Pit Bull, Midnight the Italian Mastiff, Olie the Pit Bull / Boxer mix), Wookie the Silky Terrier), Paris the Chipoodle, and many more. She is the smartest dog I have ever seen. She loves to play tennis ball. During ball time she jumps as high as me. I am 5ft 5in. She does flips in the air, jumps over bushes and obstacles. She also loves basketballs, frisbees, footballs, anything that you give her permission to play with. We got her a pair of shoes to chew on that are real leather, she has had them since 6 months old, and there is not a scratch in them. She does not care for being dominated by anything. I am actually the only person she let's be dominant. She really has no bad habits other than if she is outside and another dog passes by she gets very excited and wants to play with the other dog, and she makes sure to get their attention. She sits on her butt and hind legs like a human and watches TV, and also cuddles under covers when it is time for bed. My husband and I worked very hard to train her. She knows sit, shake, lay down, sit pretty, and jump. She is extremely loyal and protective of me."

Close Up - A black and white Border Heeler is laying on a blanket, on a bed and it is looking forward at the person in front of it.

Mercedes the Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix at 2 years old

The left side of a black and white Border Heeler that is laying across a persons legs and its mouth is open.

Mercedes the Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix at 2 years old

Close up - A brown and white Border Heeler sitting on a carpet, it is looking forward, its mouth is open. It looks like it is smiling.

Freckle the Border Collie / Australian Cattle dog mix at 2 years old—"Hello, this is my adorable puppy "Freckle". He is a Border Collie crossed with an Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler). He has the most gentle nature, loves everyone. Hi 5's, shake hands, speaking etc are part of our day. He talks all the time, and has his own special language just for our cat! He doesn't appreciate me going to work, with an extended very vocal "telling off" as soon as I get home. My life is satisfying now with my boy! Kids have grown up and my partner works too much so he is my constant companion and best friend. People stop me in the street to ask me about him as he has such lovely and unusual colouring. We live in the outback desert region of South Australia so he blends in well with our very red dirt!

The front left side of a brown and white Border Heeler that is sitting across a red leather arm chair and it is looking forward.

Freckle the Border Collie / Australian Cattle dog mix at 2 years old

The right side of a white with brown and black Border Heeler puppy that is laying across a blanket with its mouth open and tongue out.

Freckle the Border Collie / Australian Cattle dog mix as a puppy

The front right side of a white with brown and black Border Heeler that is laying on a concrete top and it is looking to the right.

Sadie the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog mix at 2 years old—"Sadie started off slim like a Border Collie, and then grew to resemble the stocky build of a Australian Cattle Dog. Sadie has an excellent temperment. She is always happy and smiling and ready to play. She gets along with other dogs, cats, and kids. All she wants to do is find a companion to play with."

Topdown view of a white with brown and black Border Heeler that is sitting on a tiled floor with its mouth open and it is looking up.

Sadie the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog mix at 2 years old

A white with brown and black Border Heeler is sitting on a carpeted floor with a bookshelf behind it.

Sadie the Border Collie / Australian Cattle Dog mix as an older puppy

A black with white Border Heeler Puppy is sitting on a corduroy jacket, its head is slightly tilted to the right and behind it is a large tree.

Koal the Border Heeler puppy at 4 months old—"This is Koal. He is a 4-month-old 3/4 Blue Heeler and 1/4 Border Collie. He is quite a handful, and loves to steal his big sisters toys and hide them and wrestle her for them when she finds them. He is way more of a cuddlebug than his sister and loves to lay on mom and dads lap to have his belly scratched, very much of an attention hog! He is also very protective of his mom and sister, and won't allow other dogs or strangers into the yard when he is out. He loves his mom's nieces too, I think it is because they are small like him. He also LOVES to eat snow! (And anything else that is on the floor for that matter)."

A black Border Heeler is standing on snow and it is looking up.

Dusty the Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix at 3 years old

The front right side of a black Border Heeler that is standing on a carpet. It is looking down and to the right.

Dusty the Border Collie / Blue Heeler mix at 3 years old