The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video Link
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Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Australia
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care.
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Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/or English summary
Breed Health Surveys:
1. Australian Cattle Dog Society of Great Britain Breed Health Survey 2014 | Winter Update to the Health Report - Heart Testing
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australian Cattle Dog Club Of Victoria
The Australian Cattle Dog Society of NSW
Canada: Australian Cattle Dog Club of Canada
UK: Australian Cattle Dog Society of Great Britain
USA: Australian Cattle Dog Club of America