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The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), also known as the Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler and Red Heeler, is a herding dog developed in Australia for controlling cattle. It is a medium-sized, short double-coated dog with a lot of energy, intelligence and an independent streak. Like many herding dogs, Cattle Dogs have high energy levels and active minds.


The Australian Cattle Dog Club of KwaZulu-Natal was approved by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (“KUSA”) in May 2000 and is an affiliated Non-Championship Specialist Club in KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Coastal and Midland Regions of South Africa. It is a non-profit Club purely in the interest of the Australian Cattle Dog.


Our Club mission is to promote and establish the Australian Cattle Dog in South Africa and to encourage all ACD owners and breeders to improve their bloodlines and wherever possible, to enlarge their gene pool. Owners are urged to show their dogs and encourage their innate working ability in the field. By adhering to our mission, we will produce the ideal ACD: loyal, faithful and a very willing worker.

Australian cattle dog characteristics

The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short double-coated dog that occurs in two main colour forms. It has either a blue/black or red speckled coat, which gives the appearance of a "red" or "blue" dog. It should not be confused with the Australian Shepherd, a similarly named but totally different breed.


As with dogs from other working breeds, the Australian Cattle Dog is energetic and intelligent with an independent streak. It responds well to structured training, particularly if it is interesting and challenging. It was originally bred to drive cattle by nipping. It 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 retinal atrophy (blindness); otherwise, it is a robust breed with a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. It has been nicknamed a "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler" on the basis of its colouring and practice of moving reluctant cattle by nipping at their heels.



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