The Australian Cattle Dog is a distinctive dog. His appearance matches his origin. As its name suggests, it is a compact, strong Australian herding, and cattle dog. His main task was and is driving the cattle herds in the vast expanses of Australian pastureland. The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized dog. At first glance, he has the typical contours of a short-haired shepherd dog. However, two things catch the eye. For one thing, it’s exceptionally compact and powerful. On the other hand, he shows unusual fur colors. The official standard describes the general appearance of the Australian Cattle Dog, it states
represents a strong, compact, and symmetrically built working dog, having the ability and will to carry out the task assigned to it, no matter how difficult it may be. The combination of substance, strength, balance, and powerful, strong muscles must give the impression of great mobility, strength and endurance. Any sign of clumsiness or weakness is a serious fault.
His standard specifically sees it as a fault when the dogs exhibit traits that negatively "impact on the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to do the breed-typical work required."
He is often impetuous, his temper is hard to control. That is part of its special charm. He is attentive, fearless and vigilant, but not a barker - provided that he is well trained.