Australian Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue/Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers or simply Cattle Dogs, are getting enough attention these days that a fair number of people are asking about them. Many people see how a well-trained ACD acts and immediately want one. The fact is they are not the easiest dogs to train: Australian Cattle Dogs require an air of toughness that many people are not ready or able to execute.
You will often hear that Australian Cattle Dogs are very stubborn dogs. While they can be difficult, "stubborn" isn't quite the right description. ACDs typically have very strong personalities, and they are often very dominant dogs. You have to establish who is boss and you have to maintain that status with clear and intentional training.
Australian Cattle Dogs are 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 can and will lead to very serious personality problems!!
Australian Cattle Dogs are typically very confident in their own physical capabilities and throw themselves into everything with gusto and abandonment. Fortunately, their physical toughness matches their forceful, energetic, highly intelligent, and intently focused personalities
Because the ACD is an active breed, a firm commitment must be made to exercise, both physical and mental. ACDs make excellent running or biking companions although care must be taken not to over exert the young dog. Because of their intelligence, Australian Cattle Dogs are known to excel in dog sports such as Fly ball, Agility and Frisbee competition. The sky is the limit when your companion of choice is an ACD!!