Congratulations on your new Blue Heeler! Whether you call your new fur baby a Blue Heeler, Australian Cattle Dog, ACD, Australian Heeler, Queensland Heeler–or you’ve adopted a mix like a Texas Heeler (or other breed mix)–you will still be looking for that special name that represents the love you feel for this dog whose heritage is traced back to the land down under. We’ve fetched Blue Heeler names inspired by everything from Aussie slang to Australian’s top baby names to Australia’s most famous locations.
Our Blue Heeler Spotlight: Alby
For many years we shared our home and hearts with Alby, a purebred Blue Heeler who came to our house as a stray (with a broken leg).
We named Alby for Alby Mangels, an Australian adventurer and filmmaker whose shows we had been watching when Alby arrived at our house one day. Unlike the filmmaker, our Alby was a girl–but she had the same spirit of adventure as the famous Aussie so Alby became her name!
Australian slang that makes good blue heeler puppy names!
Biccy: short for biscuit (cookie)
Billy: teapot over a campfire
Blimey: an exclamation showing surprise, like crikey
Bluey: Bluey is Australian slang for a person with red hair–so it would be a fitting name for a Red Heeler (although very cute for a Blue Heeler, too!)
Bub: term of endearment for a child
Bushie: someone living in the bush
Chewie: chewing gum (or a fun name for an Australian Cattle Dog who loves to chew!)
Cobber: a very good friend
Conch: someone who would rather work than play (Conchy is used to describe someone like this–or maybe a dog who loves to work!)
Crikey: exclamation showing surprise
Footy: Used for both Australian Rules Football (AFL) and Rugby League (NRL) football
Good On Ya: good work
Lollie: sweets, candy (or a sweet name for a blue heeler puppy!)
Middy: beer in parts of Australia
Rellie: a relative
Selfie: yep, we may all know this term now but it originated in Australia!
Servo: service station
Sheila: a woman
Stubby: bottle of beer (or a fun name for a cattle dog with a short tail)
Surfy: someone in the surfing culture
Tinny: beer served in a can
Yobbo: someone causing trouble
Cattle Dog Names for Ranch Dogs
Blue Heelers trace their lineage back to Australia’s cattle stations. Whether you will be living on a ranch or not, we’ve got some fun Australian terms that are the equivalent of our cowboy terms:
Brumby: wild horse
Grazier: Australian rancher
Jackaroo: young man working on an Australian sheep or cattle station (ranch)
Jillaroo: young woman working on an Australian sheep or cattle station (ranch)