Original Breed Standard for the Australian Cattle Dog

Written by
Robert Kaleski
in 1902


Head: Broad between ears, tapering to a point at muzzle, full under the eye, strong and muscular in the jaws. 15 Pts.


Ears: Short and pricked, running to a point at tip; thick and set wide apart on the skull with plenty of muscle at the butts. Should be as decidedly pricked as a cat's. 10 Pts.


Eyes: Brown, quick and sly looking. 7 Pts.


Shoulders: Strong, with good slope for free action. 7 Pts.


Chest: Deep, but not out of proportion to body. 7 Pts.


Legs: Clean, and fair amount of bone; great muscular development. 7 Pts.


Feet: Small and cat shaped. 7 Pts.


Back: Straight, with ribs well sprung, ribbed up, and good loins; should arch slightly at the loins. 7 Pts.


Hindquarters: Strong and muscular, with back thighs well let down for speed; no dew claws on feet; tail, fair length "Dingo" or "bottle" shaped. 12 Pts.


Height: About 20 inches; bitches a little smaller. 7 Pts.


Coat: Short, smooth and very dense. 7 pts.


Colour: Head, black or red; body, dark blue on back (some- times with black saddle and black spot on tail butt.) Lighter blue sometimes mottled with white hairs on underpart of body;legs, bluish with red spots mottled over them. Tail light blue, sometimes with white tip. 7 Pts.


Total: 100 Pts.


General Appearance: That of a small, thickset blue Dingo.


Faults: Over/or under size, legginess, half pricked or lopping ears, overshot or undershot jaws; anything likely to diminish speed and endurance.