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Breed and Working Standards for the
Australian Cattle Dog
American Kennel Club Standard for the Australian Cattle Dog

General Appearance
The general appearance is that of a strong compact, symmetrically built working dog, with the ability and willingness to carry out his allotted task however arduous. Its combination of substance, power, balance and hard muscular condition must convey the impression of great agility, strength and endurance. Any tendency to grossness or weediness is a serious fault.

As the name implies the dog's prime function, and one in which he has no peer, is the control and movement of cattle in both wide open and confined areas. Always alert, extremely intelligent, watchful, courageous and trustworthy, with an implicit devotion to duty making it an ideal dog.

The Cattle Dog's loyalty and protective instincts make it a self-appointed guardian to the Stockman, his herd and his property. Whilst naturally suspicious of strangers, must be amenable to handling, particularly in the show ring. Any feature of temperament or structure foreign to a working dog must be regarded as a serious fault.

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Why do we do health testing?

Health issues are in the ENTIRE BREED. Whether or not your dog has "papers, " if it is a cattle dog (or even a mix) then it can have these known issues.

Don't be fooled thinking because YOUR dog doesn't have "papers" that it is somehow free from health issues.

All that dog is free of is being CHECKED for issues. Somebody didn't want to spend the money on the tests so they told you their dogs had "no problems."

The health issues are IN THE ENTIRE BREED, papers or not.