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Facts About the Australian Cattle Dog


1. Lots of animals went into breeding the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD)

The beautiful Australian Cattle Dog was not bred in a day. They were bred after Australians found that Smithfields were unequipped for Australia’s weather and terrain. A breeder named George Elliot had dingoes and Collie’s mate and then farmers bought their puppies. This dingo and Collie mix was the earliest ACD, but the ones we see today come from brothers Jack and Harry Bagust. The two of them bred Elliot’s dogs with dalmatians. Their loyalty and guard dog tendencies made them the ideal dog that became AKC registered in 1980. They also are an important part of another club.

2. They have an official club

The Australian Cattle Dog Club of America (ACDCA) was founded in 1985 and is a nonprofit. The club is dedicated to desirable breeding and showing of the Cattle Dog and is committed to following AKC standards. Although they support breeding, they believe in doing so ethically. One of the rules in their code of ethics demands that “all bitches will be bred with intentions of that particular breeding improving the breed.” This means no breeding for money, repeatedly impregnating a dog, giving away puppies younger than eight weeks, or handing a dog over to a puppy mill. The ACD is a wonderful breed, and there’s a reason that cattle puppers were bred.

3. They’re herding boys

In case the name didn’t give it away, ACDs were bred to herd cattle. Hills Pet Nutrition lists the dog’s “barking and heading” as desirable herding traits. They kept guard of cows who roamed free across many miles of unfenced terrain. Cattle dogs have lots of stamina, which is good since they are also working and guard dogs who can protect sheep, cattle, and other forms of livestock. Cattle dogs were bred for one main purpose, but they come in many colors.

4. They come in many beautiful colors

The ACDCA says ACDs come in mainly blue and red. These colors also have patterns, which are the Bentley star or speckle. They are all extremely adorable, and we will prove it.

Blue cattle dog

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Blue is the fifth color of the rainbow and one of two colors for cattle puppers. This dark bluish color is great, and if you aren’t a fan of dark fur, the ACD comes in other colors.

Red puppy

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People like painting the town red may as well do the same to your dog, only this can be an ACD’s natural color, no painting necessary. Plus, a cattle dog can be either solid-colored or have a pattern.


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Looks at this pupper! It has lots of dots and we love every one of them. Speckles go all over the body, while some patterns are only in one area.


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The white marking on the dog’s head is called a Bentley star. No matter what an ACD’s pattern is, it’s always a star.

Do any of you have an ACD? Tell us about your dog in the comments!