Texas Heeler

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Texas Heeler

Overview

A mix of Australian Shepherd dog and the Australian Cattle dog, the Texas Heeler may have appearance like parent breeds. In May 1970, Lucy Guynes registered her Texas Heeler with Animal Research Foundation. After aforementioned registration, the popularity of Texas Heeler began to increase gradually. As sources reveal, the Texas Heeler herding dogs found mostly in Texas. Perhaps, they were bred principally for their aptitude to do job as cattle dog on ranches as found there in the past. Currently, these dogs are being enjoyed in doggie sports i.e. Frisbee, Obedience, Agility and Rally. Being working dogs, they are packs of intelligence, affection and loyalty and are equally ideal for farms and homes. Keeping in view their intelligence and working aptitude, some people like to tame them for commando and crawl as well as think dance. On the other side, some are busy in taming them for heeler and herding duties. An interesting thing famous about Texas Heeler dogs is that they can understand about 200 words. Though, it is a well behaving dog that is also respectful to owner, but it needs a lot of early socialization in addition to behavioral training. Both the socialization and behavioral training are paramount. If trained consistently with dynamic approach they will emerge as splendid heelers and may accomplish their tasks very happily. They do bark, but not overly or excessively. They bark only when a stranger is approaching to the door, barking is a caution used by these dogs to alert the owner about in coming intruder. This quality proves them a watchful excellent watchdog. A Texas heeler react rudely against unknown and strange dogs, cats and goats and other cattle, but socialization and behavioral training may eradicate this rudeness and made them harmonious with them. Not only with pets, the adequate socialization since their puppyhood will make them good with kids and people around them. It may easy to groom and simple to care, but should be brushed regularly. The height of a Texas Heeler is 17 to 22 inches while weight is 25 to 50 pounds. The life expectancy of Texas Heeler dogs will be 12 to 15 years.

Texas Heeler Other Names

Texas Heeler also refers to as:

Australian Cattle Dog / Australian Shepherd Dog Hybrid Dogs

Australian Cattle Dog Australian Shepherd mix

Australian Shepherd Australian Cattle Dog mix

Texas Heeler History

The history of Texas Heeler mix breed is not well clear but some sources said, In 1970, first time Texas Heeler was registered with Animal Research Foundation (ARF) by Lucy Guynes, a female belongs to Weatherford, Texas. After registration with ARF, it started to become popular gradually. As sources reveal, the Texas Heeler herding dogs found mostly in Texas. Perhaps, they were bred principally for their aptitude to do job as cattle dog on ranches as found there in the past. Currently, these dogs are being enjoyed in doggie sports i.e. Frisbee, Obedience, Agility and Rally. This breed is not recognized by any major purebred registries including AKC.

Texas Heeler Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of Texas Heeler is 12 to 15 years.

Texas Heeler Appearance

It is difficult to describe the appearance of a mix dog in very true manner. But we have strove to depict them as correct as possible. A mix dog can adopt the look of one parent or the other or some physical features form one and some from other. It may closely resemble with an Australian Cattle or an Australian Shepherd dog. It may have either folded or pricked ears and a well built round shaped head. A muzzle can be equal proportion to the face. The tail can be either natural long or bobtail. The smooth coat of this mix breed can be of medium length that is 1 to 3 inches long. The coat colors include merle, brown, tan; blue ticked with white, blue merle, black and gray colors with typical markings. A white marking between both eyes and Bentley on the forehead is mostly seen in these dogs.

Texas Heeler Weight and Height

The height of a Texas Heeler is 17 to 22 inches while weight is 25 to 50 pounds.

Texas Heeler Temperament

The energetic dogs and act excellently being offspring of heelers, they may do heel and herd the sheep, goats and cattle. Having herding heritage, they will also herd your cats, dogs and other animals at your home and even humans around them. Holding qualities of both parent in them and act as hardworking dog, but not as laborious as parent breeds. It may have a lot of affection toward owners and will like to please them, but sometimes emerged as cautious that cannot discriminate friend and foe. These dogs are being enjoyed in doggie sports i.e. Frisbee, Obedience, Agility and Rally. Being working dogs, they are packs of intelligence, affection and loyalty and are equally ideal for farms and homes. Keeping in view their intelligence and working aptitude, some people like to tame them for commando and crawl as well as think dance. They may be cautious and cannot discriminate sometime. They are loving dogs usually with a plenty of loving kisses delivery. They may be some good instinctive qualities of the both parent dogs and or one’s in its temperament.

An interesting thing famous about Texas Heeler dogs is that they can understand about 200 words. Though, it is a well behaving dog that is also respectful to owner, but it needs a lot of early socialization in addition to behavioral training. Both the socialization and behavioral training are paramount. If trained consistently with dynamic approach they will emerge as splendid heelers and may accomplish their tasks very happily. They do bark, but not overly or excessively. They bark only when a stranger is approaching to the door, barking is a caution used by these dogs to alert the owner about in coming intruder. This quality proves them a watchful excellent watchdog. A Texas heeler react rudely against unknown and strange dogs, cats and goats and other cattle, but socialization and behavioral training may eradicate this rudeness and made them harmonious with them. Not only with pets, the adequate socialization since their puppyhood will make them good with kids and people around them.

For further study of temperament you should read about temperament of parent dogs; Australian Cattle Dog & Australian Shepherd Dog

Texas Heeler with children and other pets

Though, Texas Heelers are nice and friendly with children, but sometimes not behave respectfully with children, cats and dogs as well as cattle at your farms or homes. Sometimes even he tends insolent with people around him. This offensive behavior can overcome by using good tactics of behavioral training and socialization that should be started since puppyhood.

Texas Heeler Care and Grooming

The Texas Heeler dogs are not difficult to groom and tough to care, it comes with low maintenance requirements; it should not require trimming and striping. It should be groomed when necessary. In order to keep them neat and clean you should brush them on regular basis. The ears should be checked and cleaned regularly while dry shampoo and bathe is only when necessary.

Texas Heeler Health Issues

Being hybrid dog, a mix of Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd Dog it may prone to any health issue related to their parent breeds. The parents of Texas Heeler prone to hip dysplasia and PRA cataract, nasal solar dermatitis, the CHD, the CEA, iris coloboma, Lumbar sacral syndrome, epilepsy, WD, Pelger – Huet syndrome PRA, PPM, distichiasis and PDA. The Merle colored Texas Heelers usually prone the deafness.

Texas Heeler Training

Though, Texas Heelers are known for being intelligent, easily trainable and quick in picking up the given commands, but will need firm, consistent and gentle trainer. In order to train them with positively, you should emphasize on leadership and training as well. If you prove yourself a dominant, powerful, skillful and consistent pack-leader, you will successful to train them accordingly, otherwise they will become rude and try to dominant. Early age socialization and behavioral training for these dogs is paramount, thus it is recommended that you should start socialization and training since puppy-hood. There are various kind of training for such working dogs that include herding, agility and hunting.

Texas Heeler Exercise

It has a medium adaptability and would not suit to an apartment life, however, can do well if you have an average sized yard. It can equally face the hot and cold weathers. Being powerful and energetic mix dogs, the Texas heelers will need plenty of daily exercises. Keep their herding instinct in order they should be taken out for a long walk at least once a day. For their health and fitness it is vital to give them ample opportunity to run, roam and walk in addition to doggie sports i.e. Frisbee and free play. At least 30 to 45 minutes per day exercise can satisfy these working dogs. An under exercised dog will adopt some unwanted behavioral issues that includes aggression, timidity and offensive herding, it only curbed out by providing them required amount of daily exercises.

Texas Heeler Recognition

Animal Research Foundation first time registered these dogs in 1970 and ACHC and DRA may have recognized them.

Texas Heeler Breed Group

The breed groups of Texas Heelers are:

Cattle Herding

Working.

Texas Heeler Good Names

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  • Texas Heeler Interesting Facts

    Some interesting facts about Texas Heelers are:

    An interesting thing famous about Texas Heeler dogs is that they can understand about 200 words.

    In May 1970, Lucy Guynes registered her Texas Heeler with Animal Research Foundation.

    They were bred principally for their aptitude to do job as cattle dog on ranches as found there in the past.

    These dogs are being enjoyed in doggie sports i.e. Frisbee, Obedience, Agility and Rally.

    Keeping in view their intelligence and working aptitude, some people like to tame them for commando and crawl as well as think dance. On the other side, some are busy in taming them for heeler and herding duties.

    Being working dogs, they are packs of intelligence, affection and loyalty and are equally ideal for farms and homes.

    Though, it is a well behaving dog that is also respectful to owner, but the socialization and behavioral training are paramount.

    If trained consistently with dynamic approach they will emerge as splendid heelers and may accomplish their tasks very happily.

    They do bark, but not overly or excessively. They bark only when a stranger is approaching to the door, barking is a caution used by these dogs to alert the owner about in coming intruder.

    This quality proves them a watchful excellent Watchdog.

    A Texas heeler react rudely against unknown and strange dogs, cats and goats and other cattle, but socialization and behavioral training may eradicate this rudeness and made them harmonious with them.

    The Texas Heeler dogs come with low grooming requirements with moderate shedding and moderate training need, however it needs plenty of daily exercises.

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