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Promoting proper cattle handling with the use of stock dogs


The Canadian Cattle Dog Association is a non-profit association that promotes proper cattle handling with the use of stock dogs.

Our Mission:

  • Bring knowledge to stockmen about the benefits of using trained stock dogs to handle their cattle.

  • Further the knowledge of those who already use stock dogs.

  • Supporting stock dog breeding, training and development with clinics and sanctioned trials held throughout the country for the betterment of both dogs and handlers.


Year Established


Across Canada



Sanctioned Events Per Year

Provinces Represented



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2022/2023 CCDA Finals

The CCDA board is excited to Partiner with the Manitoba Stock Dog Association to host the CCDA Finals June 30-July 2 in Dauphin MB.  The event will run in conjunction with the Dauphin Countryfest which will certainly add limelight to the finals and will be an exciting way to spend the long weekend. 


2021/22 CCDA Finals

Once again we are very proud to be presenting Troy Fischer buckles to this years Finals and High Point champions.  Troy is also one of our buckle sponsors and the CCDA board really appreciates his support to our association.

This year's CCDA Finals will take place on June 25th & 26th at the Lea Park Rodeo Grounds near Marwayne, AB. 


Canadian Border Collie Associaton

The CCDA is extremely happy to have the CBCA back again this year as a major sponsor to our finals event.

There will once again be a Troy Fischer buckle featuring the CBCA logo presented to the top pointing Open CBCA registered dog at the finals.  So if you are waiting to get your dog registered make sure you don't wait till after finals!




To view a full copy of the CCDA Bylaws, click here.

The Board of Directors

  • To re-elect board positions, at the AGM members may nominate other members and all attending members may vote on who will take the position for the next term.

  • When a board member's term is over, if the member is willing, the other members attending the AGM may vote that member stay in his/her position.


  • All novice and intermediate classes must have a minimum of two handlers sanction and gain points.

  • Open and Nursery classes must have four dogs and two handlers to sanction and gain points.

  • If a trial has more than one run, then each run will be sanctioned separately and points will be awarded per run.

  • You may only sanction 2 runs a day of each class: open, nursery, intermediate, novice, junior and horseback.

  • If a trial has multiple runs and a finals, only the runs will be sanctioned and points awarded.


  • Members begin acquiring qualifying points after their membership funds are received.

  • Memberships are annual. Starting April 1st -March 31st..

  • Single memberships are for an individual person.

  • Family memberships are for two adults and all children living at home under the age of 18 years of age.


  • Only members will be awarded Qualifying Points

  • The trial year runs April 1st to March 31st of the following year.

  • If a member should decide to enter a higher class or a trial that only offers an open class, then that member can no longer go back to class they were originally in (with the exception of Nursery)

  • If an intermediate handler wins at finals then they must move up to Open the next trial year.

  • Novice handlers will move to Intermediate at the board of directors discretion.

  • For the 2022/23 qualifying year, Nursery eligible dogs must have been born after October 1, 2019

Rules can differ trial to trial but these guidelines are an overview of the standard rules and conduct.


• Only trial organizer’s dogs are allowed in the arena prior to their run.

• No dogs are allowed loose on property unless supervised and controlled.

• Clock will begin when dog leaves handler or all 3 animals have entered arena and gate is closed. Whichever occurs first.

• Handler must not run while competing, unless otherwise stated at the handler’s meeting.

• No abuse of stock from either dog or handler or mishandling of dogs will be tolerated.

• If your dog is hurt during your run, retire immediately and attend to him promptly.

• Handler must not touch cattle with their stick should they choose to carry one.

• Handler must not pass through any obstacles unless otherwise noted in handlers meeting.

• Planes of obstacles and daylighting on retries will be discussed and marked at handlers meeting. Make sure you understand the rules of each obstacle before handler meeting breaks.

• 1 point is generally allotted for each animal that completes an obstacle. Handler must get at least one animal through an obstacle in order to advance to the next. A competitor can retry an obstacle as many times as she or he wants, but the score for the obstacle is determined only by the final attempt. Example 2 head pass through obstacle on first attempt but only 1 on second attempt, handlers score is 1. This is a common scoring system, however number of cattle, points allotted, and obstacle rules can differ depending on the trial, so be sure to ask at the handler’s meeting if you are unsure.

• Stepping over set handlers lines will be a DQ for Intermediate, Nursery, and Open. Judge will give Novice handlers a warning.

• Only novice handlers can be coached from sidelines.

• There are occasions when reruns will be granted or the clock will be paused for certain situations to be rectified, but this is at the judge’s discretion.

• Attend the handler’s meeting! Rules can vary slightly from trial to trial depending on the trial host and judge’s preferences. All rules outlined there can and will trump the rules stated above.

• Poor sportsmanship, verbal abuse, or physical abuse directed towards anyone in attendance of the trial will not be tolerated.

• JUDGE’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Do not consult or speak with the judge during your run if you are competing beyond the Novice level.

• If you have a minor complaint or concern speak with the trial host at a convenient time that does not interrupt the trial. Do not approach the judge with concerns.

• If you have a more serious issue you must notify the CCDA of your grievance in writing within 7 days of the trial or incident.

• Penalties for infringements on the rules will be at the discretion of the trial host, judge, and/or the CCDA board. Penalties could include but are not limited to - disqualification from a trial run or trial, loss of trial points, loss of association points, loss of membership, or lifetime ban.

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