It appears that the powers that be within the Canine Control here in Australia have once again taken it upon themselves to decide on a change to the ACD standard in relation to colour.

So much for the ANKC's regard for breeders throughout the country of origin.

Obviously, breeders, except those "appointed" to the committee to decide the fate of the breed standard, have no say in the outcome whatsoever. The truth hurts but I am sure that the cap fits quite comfortably upon the ANKC's head.

Breeders would have expected at least an open forum on change to a very important section of the standard that has been in place for nigh on 100years. It can only be assumed that democracy within the Canine Controls throughout Australia is non-existent.

I know from first hand experiences, that the CCC Qld has not acknowledged democracy as far as the "election" of Councillors are concerned, but I had hoped the National body would be more democratically inclined and would ask for input from breeders across Australia, rather than a few of the more "Name" breeders, before deciding on such a change.

One would have to assume that breeders will be told the outcome in due course whether they agree with the decision or not.

Breeders have only themselves to blame for allowing this sort of thing to keep happening. Breeders pay membership fees to their respective Canine Controls in the hope that they will be kept informed of any potential changes in time to put forward their opinions.

Surely a forum, or even a referendum on the subject should be offered as a matter of courtesy, especially from the Australian National Kennel Club !

Maybe the ANKC might listen to world wide opinion. Then again, maybe not. One can but try. Silence will only be taken as un-informed agreement to any change. It is the lack of courtesy, the exclusion of the majority of breeders Australia wide to have a say in the future of their breed that should have breeders demanding to be informed prior to any decisions pertinent to the breed standard.

The following are the proposed changes which, unless challenged, will be written into the standard

The ACD today.......what breed is next?.....Ed.


PROPOSED AMENDMENT
TO AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG BREED STANDARD

Country of Origin -Australia

COLOUR

There are four [4] recognised colours, these are Blue Mottle, Blue Speckled, Red Mottle and Red Speckled.

. Tan Undercoat is permissible on the body providing it does not show through the Blue or Red outer coat.
Nose, lips, eye rims and toenails are black irrespective of the colour of the dog
A group of white hairs centrally placed on the forehead (ranging from a few hairs to a large spot) in both colours commonly known as the "Bentley Mark or Star" is found in many dogs. Note: Dogs with or without this "Mark" are not to be penalised.
White or light rings/patching on the tail in both colours is common and acceptable in the breed. A solid patch of the base colour commonly known as a "tail butt" at the root of the tail is also acceptable.

Blue. The colour should be blue-mottled or blue speckled with or without other markings, produced by a more or less even intermingling of black and white hairs in the outer coat giving the impression of bluish colour. The more white hairs present, the lighter the blue, the fewer white hairs present, the darker the blue.
Tan markings, the richer the better, on the forelegs goes midway up the legs and extending up the front to the breast and throat, with tan on the jaws. The tan markings, the richer the better, on the hindquarters is on the inside of hindlegs, and inside the thighs, showing down the front of the stifles and broadening out to the outside of the hindlegs from the hock to the toes.

The colour must not appear as solid black.
Black pencilling on toes of blue dogs is common and should not be penalised.
Solid Black markings on the head are permissible and evenly distributed for preference.
Solid Black markings on the body are permissible but not desirable.

Blue -Mottle The Blue Mottle is a lighter spotted colour, the size of the mottle is from 1.5cm up to approximately 2.5cm. The white spotting is produced through the base colour, which is made up of a blue/black background.

Blue Speckle The Blue Speckled colour is made up of white hairs intermingling evenly throughout the coat on a dark background. The intermingling throughout the coat gives you this bluish colour, which can vary from a silver blue to a deep blue.

Red. The colour should be red -mottled or red speckled with or without other markings.
The colour must not appear a solid red
Solid Red markings on the body are permissible but not desirable.
Solid Red markings on the head are permissible and evenly distributed for preference.

Red-Mottle The Red Mottle is a lighter spotted colour, the size of the mottle is from 1.5 cm up to approximately, 2.5cm. The white spotting is produced through the base colour, which is made up of reddish to ginger colour background.

Red Speckle The Red Speckled colour is made up of white hairs intermingling evenly throughout the coat on a darker background. The intermingling throughout the coat gives you this reddish colour, which can vary from a lighter red to a deep red speckle.

Faults:

Cream or white undercoat. Any colour other than black nose, lips, eye rims or toenails.
Creeping Tan. - Tan on the legs of blue dogs should not extend onto the shoulders and/or the hips. On the face, the tan should not engulf the eye circumference and creep onto the ears
Red undercoat appearing through blue outer coat.
Black/Blue muzzle and/or extensive blue overlay on body in red dogs.

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