AKC PuppyFinder: Australian Cattle Dog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Alert, curious, and pleasant
- Energy Level: Very Active; These high-energy dogs need a job to remain happy
- Good with Children: Better with Older Children
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 18-20 inches (male), 17-19 inches (female)
- Weight: 35-50 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
With a lot of Dingo, some Collie and Dalmatian mixed in, the Australian Cattle Dog is the ideal herding dog. His endurance, agility, strength and intelligence have been a huge boon to the Australian cattle industry. Nurture those traits in your Australian Cattle Dog puppies with lots of exercise, a job to do or by participating in dog sports, like agility or herding. These sturdy dogs, with their unusual markings, thrive on mental and physical stimulation. Although naturally independent, with you as the 'pack leader,' he'll bond with the family and be a faithful, true-blue work partner and companion.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1980
Breed History & Job Description: This breed can thank its sturdy build and strong work ethic to one George Elliot, who in the 1800s bred Dingoes with Collies and sold the puppies to farmers. The result was a dog that was so, so close to being the quintessential herding dog. True perfection came later when two brothers, Jack and Harry Bagust, bred Dalmatians with some of Elliott’s ACDs. The Dalmatian’s faithfulness and love of horses mixed with the original breed’s working ability (which was also reinforced by the addition of a sheepdog into the line) was just the right combination to produce the loyal, committed ACD we know today.
There are some health concerns that owners and breeders should be aware of. Breeding stock should have their hips and elbows x-rayed to rule out dysplasia. Blindness can be a problem in ACDs. A DNA test can detect progressive retinal atrophy (prcd-PRA) before dogs are bred so that no affected puppies need be produced. A veterinary ophthalmologist exam can also detect other inherited eye diseases. There is also a genetic deafness in the breed. Puppies and adults can be tested (BAER) to determine whether they can hear in each ear.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- BAER Testing
- PRA Optigen DNA Test
- PLL DNA Test
- Breed Club