Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is commonly known as Blue Heelers, Red Heelers, and Queensland Heelers.  While they may be called by several names they are all Australian Cattle Dogs or ACD(s). The breed is recognized in Australia as well as by the American Kennel Club and the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America, the breed’s U.S. parent club. They are among the most intelligent and loyal of dogs, making life with them challenging at times. 

The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that occurs in two main colors. It has either red or black hair distributed fairly evenly through a white coat, which gives the appearance of a "red" or "blue" dog. Australian Cattle Dogs are born white with some having solid black or solid red markings typically on the head. Color phases are either mottled or speckled, with or without tan and black, with or without limited white markings.

The herding ACD works independently and often has to think for itself. They move stubborn cattle by coming in low from behind, biting the hocks. They are experts at ducking to avoid the kick that often follows. Uncooperative livestock do not discourage the dog; rather the ACD just becomes more determined to get its job done.

The ACD forms a strong attachment to its owners, and can be protective of them and their possessions. It is easy to groom and maintain, requiring little more than brushing during the shedding period. The most common health problems are deafness and progressive blindness (both hereditary conditions) and accidental injury; otherwise, it is a robust breed with a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.  

Important links for IHDA below


 Australian Cattle Dog Breed Standard (PDF)
  Australian Cattle Dog Registration Application (PDF)
Australian Cattle Dog Litter Application (PDF)
Australian Cattle Dog Breed Standard (PDF) 
Provided by the American Kennel Club
 General IHDA Lease Agreement (PDF)
 General IHDA Lease Termination (PDF)
Request For Replacement Registration Certificates (PDF)