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Australian Cattle Dog Club New Zealand



Puppies and Dogs Available
*** The ACD Club (NZ) offers this webpage to communicate the availablity of dogs and puppies in good faith.  The Club does not endorse any specific owner or breeder, and requests that potential owners make enquires both about the breed and dogs/puppies they are interested in.  (See Owning an ACD & Selecting a Breeder/ Raising a Puppy- below)   *****
HOLLY is a young girl in need of a new forever home.
HOLLY has no interest in stock, so therefore isnt a working dog.
She has great stamina and loves to run next to the bike, and she also loves swimming.
She is not speyed.
She gets on well with adults, but unsuitable with young children, as she nips when excited.
She is smart, gorgeous, clever, and will make the ideal dog for an energetic person.
If your interested in Holly, please contact Gary on 06 875-0546, 027 519-0206, or email:
Article:  by Liz Scott



Responsible Breeders DO:

Are familiar with the Code of Ethics of the N Z Kennel Club.

Aim to improve the breed and produce the best puppies they possibly can.

Have a well defined breeding program in place.

Ask as many questions of you as you do of them.

Breed dogs that are free of serious health and temperament problems.

Tell you if they think you would be better off with another breed of dog, or no dog at all.

Provide referrals to other breeders if they don't have anything available.

Use a written contract and guarantee with clear terms that you can live with.

Provide registration slip, a pedigree and up-to-date health records with every pup they sell.

Honestly discuss any special problems/requirements associated with the breed.

Offer FREE assistance and advice on grooming, training, showing, etc., for the life of the dog.

If, for any reason and at any time, you cannot keep the dog, they will take it back.

Normally breed only one or two litters a year, maximum.

Have dogs that are clean, healthy, happy, and humanely cared for.


Responsible Breeders DO NOT:

Appear overly eager to sell or "get rid of" a puppy.

Breed simply to produce puppies to sell.

Breed consistently from the one dog and/or bitch.

Breed a bitch on every season, or more than once a year.

Claim that all of their puppies are "show/breeding quality".

Claim that their breed has no problems (every breed has at least a couple).

Sell puppies that are less then eight to ten weeks old.

Sell Puppies without papers (registration slip and pedigree), or charge extra for papers.

Have more than one or two litters at any given time, or litters of multiple breeds.

Sell puppies to Pet Shops.


Do Not Buy A Puppy From A Pet Shop.







Firstly, do not go with a pre-conceived idea of what you want as far as the 'look' of the dog is concerned, e.g. you've always wanted a Heeler with two eye patches.  ALWAYS select your pup for the right temperament to suit you and your family and ask the breeder to help you with this selection.

The Australian Cattle Dog is a relatively hearty, healthy breed and you should expect to have your new mate for twelve to fifteen years.  Australian Cattle Dogs are born white with whatever face and/or body patches they will have in later life. As ACD pups age, their blue or red coloring gradually emerges.


A slightly different approach is required when choosing a Heeler pup from a litter.  It isn't adviseable to choose the most ougoing and forward pup unless you are either a very experienced dog handler or want it as a working dog.  This pup is probably the most dominant and will likely be difficult to handle and train.


A submissive temperament is best for a family pet and a good test for this is to hold each pup on it's back (either in your arms or on the ground).  The ones that struggle and won't lie still are most likely of a dominant nature, so put them away and concentrate on selecting one of those pups that lie still and quiet.






Before the pup arrives the rules and boundaries must be set and everyone in the family must be prepared to enforce these.  For example, inside or out / on the furniture or not.  If these rules are not strictly stuck to, then you will end up with a very confused puppy which will manifest itself into naughty behaviour.


A 'firm hand' is required in training your Heeler pup - after all, they are a working breed and if you show weakness and 'spoil' it, the pup will take advantage of this and probably take over as 'pack leader'.  This is where major problems will arise. (This doesn't mean that you can't cuddle and love them to bits when they are behaving).


Early socialisation and obedience training is a MUST for the Heeler.  They can tend towards being anti-social with other dogs and this must not be allowed to develop. The Australian Cattle Dog personality is often reserved with strangers and even FIERCELY protective when they perceive that their property and/or persons are being threatened. The ACD is intelligent, but can certainly often be described as hard-headed and stubborn.


The Heeler has been bred to bite stock and nipping is something that comes natural to them.  This behaviour must be discouraged and a couple of suggestions are:

*           On being nipped, let out a high pitched yelp - this is how pups in a litter let each other       know if the play fighting is getting too rough.

*           Distraction - replace what is being bitten with a toy and encourage the pup to bite on that instead.

DO NOT play teasing games that invite the pup to bite and snap.


Don't allow children and dogs to play unsupervised - this is when accidents can, and do, happen.  A dog will usually 'warn' if it is not happy with something that is being done to it, but unfortunately most children do not understand these 'warnings' and continue doing what is unacceptable as far as the dog is concerned.  Result is one bitten child and one destroyed dog. 

The Australian Cattle Dog is an active breed, with mental stimulation being of paramount importance. A bored Cattle Dog is a destructive Cattle Dog!! The Australian Cattle Dog is a social breed that needs to be with "its people". This is NOT a breed to leave chained or penned in the back yard....such isolation will lead to serious personality problems!! Because the Australian Cattle Dog is an active breed, a firm commitment must be made to exercise. ACDs make excellent running or biking companions although care must be taken not to over exert the young dog. Because of their intelligence, ACDs make wonderful obedience prospects (although their intelligence can actually be a hinderance in this ring also). Australian Cattle Dogs are also known to excel at Dog sports such as Flyball, Agility and Frisbee competition.

Reccommended Reading:
Jan Fennell. 'The Dog Listener'



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