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Cattle Shepherd

German Shepherd / Australian Cattle Dog Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Front view of a medium coated, thick tan dog with ears that fold down, brown eyes, a black nose and white on his underside sitting down inside of a living room on a hardwood floor

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

Other Names
  • German Heeler Shepherd
  • Working Shepherd

The Cattle Shepherd is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the German Shepherd 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.

  • DBR = Designer Breed Registry
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Front side view from the top looking down at the dog - A black, white and tan ticked Queensland Heeler mix breed dog is sitting on its hind legs on a hardwood floor looking to the right.

"Here's Jane Doe. I've had her a little over a month now, and after not being around dogs for a few years, I was blessed with a well behaved, mostly balanced and stable low/medium energy level dog. She's a Queensland Heeler/ Shepherd mix. Approximately 3-4 years old. I came across Jane Doe when my friend, Jo Ann found her one day while walking her 3 dogs at a nearby park. Jane Doe's front legs were injured and she couldn't stand up on them. Jo Ann was able to get her into the vehicle and took Jane Doe to the vet. When the receptionist asked Jo Ann the name of the dog, she replied 'Well, I just found her at the park...I don't know...Jane Doe?' I laughed when I heard her temporary name and decided not to change it. When I arrived at the vet and took a look at this disabled dog, I decided to take responsibility for her, but on the condition her legs would heal. I was quite prepared to take Jane Doe to the SPCA if she couldn't walk. The vet said she had no breaks or fractures, and that she may have fell out of a vehicle. I knew I would not be capable to keep a dog that is permanently incapacitated or disabled, so I hoped and prayed she'd get better. After I spent a week and a half carrying Jane Doe around the house, in and out of the car, to the vet's office, outside to relieve herself, etc...her front legs began to get stronger and she was slowly hobbling to wherever she needed to go. It's been over a month now and there's no stopping her! She's beginning to chase squirrels at the same park where she was found by Jo Ann. I started watching 'The Dog Whisperer' series, have read Cesar Millan's 'Cesar's Way', and I am halfway through his 2nd book. Cesar has become my hero! After several years of being dog-less, I'm grateful Jane Doe has come into my life. She definitely keeps me home on the weekends now!"

A black, white and tan ticked Queensland Heeler mix breed dog is laying stretched out on its left side sleeping on a dog bed pillow next to a couch.

Jane Doe, Queensland Heeler / Shepherd mix)

A tan, black and white dog with a large head and ears that stand up to a point laying down on a brown couch

Molly the German Sheppard / Blue Heeler mix breed dog at 1 year old—"She was our first baby and the best dog! She listens very well and responds to training amazingly fast! She loves to lay in bed between my husband and I getting her tummy rubbed!"

Front view of a tan dog with black on his ears, brown eyes, a black nose with a long muzzle and a thick coat with a mane of hair around his neck area sitting down on a brown hardwood floor

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

A thick coated tan with black dog sitting down on an area rug inside of a house with his pink tongue showing looking happy

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

Front side view of a reddish tan dog with a thick coat and black on his tail and small fold over ears sitting down on a hardwood floor leaning against a black leather couch

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

A large breed dog with a reddish tan coat, black ears, a big black nose and dark eyes laying down on a rug with an orange toy on top of his front paw

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

Front view of a large breed tan dog with a red tint to it with darker ears that fold down to the front and a long muzzle with a black nose laying down looking to the left

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old

Front view of a large breed fawn dog with black ears that fold to the front, a long muzzle and a black nose leaning down looking at something outside in a driveway

Simba the Cattle Shepherd at 2 1/2 years old