Feet: Feet should be round | Toes short, strong, well arched and held close together | Pads are hard and deep | Nails must be short and strong
Inset - From left to right: Correct foot and pastern | Hare foot and too much slope of pastern (incorrect) | Correct cat like foot view from front | Splayed foot (incorrect)
Inset Illustration credit: Narelle Hammond-Robertson, Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Forequarters: Shoulders strong, sloping, muscular and well angulated to upper arm | Not too closely set at point of withers | Forelegs have strong, round bone, extending to feet, straight and parallel when viewed from front | Pasterns show flexibility with slight angle to forearm when viewed from side | Although shoulders are muscular and bone strong, loaded shoulders and heavy fronts hamper correct movement and limit working ability
Body: Length of the body from the point of the breast bone, in a straight line to the buttocks, is greater than height at withers, as 10 is to 9 | Topline is level | Back strong with ribs well sprung and carried well back not barrel ribbed | Chest is deep, muscular and moderately broad | Loins broad, strong and muscular and the flanks deep | Strongly coupled
(Illustration credit: Narelle Hammond-Robertson, Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Color (Red Speckle): Should be good even red speckle all over, including the undercoat | Undercoat-neither white nor cream | With or without darker red markings on head | Even head markings are desirable | Red markings on the body are permissible but not desirable.
Size / Height: Dogs 46-51 cms (approx. 18-20 ins) at withers | Bitches 43-48 cms (approx.17-19 ins) at withers
Remember: The ACD is a dog without exaggeration...Moderate, moderate, moderate | When making close calls--remember that the ACD is a working dog, bred to herd cattle, But it is not a Cow!