Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Illinois

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The Australian Cattle Dog is a breed of herding dog developed in Australia for driving cattle. Cattle dogs are medium-sized, short-coated and are athletic and agile which makes them excel in many areas. Most Australian Cattle Dogs have a stripe or spot of white hair in the center of the forehead called the Bentley Mark. This mark can be traced to a purebred dog owned by Thomas Bentley of Australia. According to legend Tom Bentley combined different breeds to produce a breed that met the expectations of the drovers in Australia. His dogs passed on this distinctive mark to all Australian Cattle Dogs.

Cattle dogs come in blue, blue mottled, blue speckled, red, red speckled, and red mottled. ACD's don't come in blue merle. This breed is known by several names: Australian cattle dog, blue/red heeler, Queensland heeler and Bluey's. A cattle dog is supposed to have a tail. The tail is used as a rudder when working cattle or doing agility.

Cattle dogs have high energy levels and active minds so they can easily be trained for any activity. They are all around dogs but need to participate in dog sports or other activities that excercise their body as well as their minds. These dogs are naturally cautious towards strangers. So they need to be well socialized. ACD's are often called the "velcro" dog because they are very loyal and want to stay close to their person. ACD's want to be involved in everything we do. ACD owners must be willing to learn about the breed, spend time and train their dogs, and be a "pack" leader.

Please click on the links below to find out more about Australian Cattle Dogs and see if your lifestyle is suited to this breed.


We work with Master Dog Trainer - John Dahman


Sue Christianson
Board of Directors
Intake Coordinator
Licensed : IL Dept of AG #11881
Phone: 618-315-8800

Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Illinois
Post Office Box 15
Texico, Illinois 62889

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