Australian Cattle Dog

Herding Group



Bob and Thorn from the Hit N Heels Kennels 

The Australian Cattle Dog is one of the more intelligent herding dogs and is probably more at home on the range.  It may not do well with children unless it grew with them as a puppy.  This is truly a working dog.  They can be dog aggressive and need early, consistent and firm training.  It needs room to work and run.  Minimal brushing is needed.  If you are not going to work this dog make sure the breeder understands your intentions.

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Notes for owners
Double coat, short.  Sheds only once a year. Minimal Because of its job of herding it can be assertive.  Can be destructive if left to entertain itself.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Australian Cattle Dog Club of America

Australian Cattle Dog Club of Canada

Australian Cattle Dog Rescue  Click on “Financial Aid” for help with medical costs

ACD Rescue By State Listing



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.