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Australian Cattle Dog



The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is one of the smartest and hardest working canines in all of dogdom. Bred for herding cattle, a job at which he excels, this medium-sized dog (up to 20” and 49lbs) is at his best when there is work to be done. ACDs will form a loving, protective bond with their family, but their active minds and bodies must be given a challenge, or they may become bored and/or destructive. Fortunately, there are many fun activities that they can participate in with their owners (herding, obedience, agility, etc.) that will meet their needs. The ACD is a “wash and wear” breed, and his distinctive bluish or reddish coat is low maintenance.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.  Keywords:  Active, athletic, intelligent, independent

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Australian Cattle Dog


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