meet theAustralian Cattle Dog


Training &Temperament

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.

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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
Blue 037
Blue Mottled 438
Blue Speckled 439
Red Mottled 455
Red Speckled 440


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan Markings 039
Red Markings 023
Tan Markings 012