Without peer as a cattle herder, the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is ready and willing to work all day. Their agility, strength and courageousness allow them to easily control and move cattle in both open and confined spaces. Stubborn cows don't discourage this dog - they just become more determined to get the job done! The breed can be blue or red (can be in mottled or speckled pattern), with or without black, blue or tan markings.
These high-energy dogs need a job to remain happy. It is not surprising, considering its original purpose, that the ACD is a very high-energy dog as well as an extremely intelligent one. This means that your ACD needs a job or a purpose in life in order for them (and you) to be happy. Many owners train their dogs for work or performance events—herding (cattle, sheep, or ducks), agility, tracking, rally and obedience. Find an activity that provides an outlet for physical and mental energy. Mental exercise and training is good for both the ACD and its owner.
Did You Know?
The Australian Cattle Dog has been a huge help to the beef industry of Australia.
The Australian Cattle Dog was first known as the Australian Heeler, although it is still called the Blue or Queensland Heeler today.
The Australian Cattle Dog was accepted by the AKC in 1980 and was shown in the Working Group after a brief period in the Miscellaneous class
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan Markings||039|