Border Heeler

30-45 lbs
18-23"
Unknown
Border Collie
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Heeler Collie

The Border Heeler is a hybrid which is the result of breeding a Border Collie with an Australian Cattle Dog (a.k.a. Blue Heeler).  This is a hybrid whose energy levels are high as contributed from both breed parents.  They are also very intelligent, alert, loyal and protective.  Since they have so much energy to expend, it is not a good idea to submit them to apartment life. If this hybrid doesn’t get sufficient exercise and challenge (both mental and physical), boredom can become a problem, with unacceptable behaviors like barking, digging, destructive habits and even chasing cars developing.  Each of the parent breeds was developed for herding and hard work and, as a result of the attributes contributed to the gene pool by each breed, they’re well-suited for those tasks.  They produce an amazingly intelligent canine who can learn at an astonishing rate -- so be prepared to keep him challenged, both physically as well as mentally.  Both parent breeds require some grooming maintenance, though the Australian Cattle Dog breed parent contributes less need than the Border Collie breed parent.  The Australian Cattle Dog can be traced back to the early 1800’s when Australian ranchers began to mix various Collie-type breeds with the native dingo in an attempt to get a breed of dog with a no nonsense approach to herding and protecting their livestock.  The Border Collie breed can be traced back to the first century, when the invading Romans brought their larger shepherd breeds into England which were later bred with the spitz-type breeds brought by the Vikings. 

Purpose
Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)

Border Heeler Health

Average Size
Male Border Heeler size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 30-45 lbs
Female Border Heeler size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 30-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing
  • Hip And Eyes
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Border Heeler Breed History

Your Border Heeler comes from a rich history of herding and working dog ancestry.  The Border Collie parent breed can be traced back to the first century when England was invaded by the Romans, who brought their own larger shepherding breeds into the country.  These breeds functioned as herding and working partners with the highland farmers from Scotland, England and Wales.  Later, when the Vikings came to pillage, they, too, brought their own herding dogs.  They bred their spitz-like breeds to the shepherding breeds already in place in the United Kingdom and began producing the work-a-holic breed we know today as the Border Collie.  This breed brings high energy and focused alertness into the bio gene pool as well as a dense coat which protects them from the colder weather in those highland areas.  The Australian Cattle Dog can be traced back to the early 1800’s in Australia when the ranchers and farmers were using a variety of collie-type breeds to manage their herds.  In an effort to develop a breed which would be focused and “no nonsense” in their work ethic, they began to breed those collie-type breeds with their natural dingo.  What resulted is a highly energetic, extremely alert and focused dog who is both intelligent and loyal.  This breed, too, boasts a coat which is both water and weather resistant.  These two highly energetic, intelligent and focused breeds are combined in the Border Heeler, making an extremely hard-working, responsive and protective canine companion who is good with kids and other animals (yes, cats, too).   

Border Heeler Breed Appearance

The appearance of the Border Heeler can reflect the traits contributed to the bio gene pool from either or both of the parent breeds.  Most seem to inherit the speckling or mottling in blue or red from the Australian Cattle Dog parent and a combination type of coat from the Border Collie parent.   Both parent breeds have strong, sturdy and compact bodies which are slightly longer than they are tall and both are of approximately the same height and weight.  Skulls are strong and in proportion to the rest of the body. The eyes are oval, of moderate size and brown or any color and both eyes may vary in color with an alert expression. The ears can be of moderate size, broad at the base, pricked and pointed or medium-sized held erect or semi-erect with tips falling forward or outward to the side.  Snout and muzzle will be strong and of medium length with tight lips and scissors bite with powerful, well-developed jaws.  Feet can be round with short toes, well arched and close together with hard, deep pads and short, strong nails or may be compact, oval in shape with strong, deep pads and moderately arched toes which are close together and have moderately long strong nails. Your Border Heeler’s tail could be low set and have a slight curl.  He can have a double coat with short dense undercoat with the outer coat being short or medium length with straight or slightly wavy hair with weather resistance.  Your Border Heeler could be virtually any color with blue or red speckling or mottling and any color markings.

Border Heeler Breed Maintenance

The Border Heeler will require some grooming maintenance and this will range from low to moderate, depending upon which parent breed has the most influence in the gene pool. He will require brushing once or twice a week to reduce the natural shedding which takes place with both parent breeds but he will not require bathing and shampooing unless necessary.  Frequent bathing will reduce the oil in the coat which contributes to the weather resistance of the coat.  As with most canine breeds, attention to proper examination and cleaning of the ears to prevent ear infections and regular eye examinations to assess and monitor the variety of eye problems which afflicts the parent breeds.  Most canine breeds require regular and routine dental examinations and teeth cleaning to prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss. 

Border Heeler Temperament

Your Border Heeler is a hybrid created from the breeding of the Border Collie and the Australian Cattle Dog and, as such, can take on the temperament of either or both parent breeds.  So your pet could be aggressive, alert, energetic, intelligent, loyal, protective and responsive.  He will be sensitive and his barking tendencies could range from occasional to frequent.  He could be in a moderate to considerable range of mouthiness (nips when playing) with a moderate hunting drive and tendency to wander.  Your Border Heeler will be good with kids and relatively good with strangers and other dogs and cats. The intelligence level which is contributed by both parent breeds is nothing short of amazing and, having said that, it is important to note that this hybrid will need to be kept mentally as well as physically challenged to prevent boredom and the unacceptable behaviors which can accompany that condition.  He is a high energy canine which has been bred to work hard and help his masters, so it would be a good idea to allow him to help you in your daily activities as much as possible.  Don’t be surprised if he “herds” the kids, other animals in your household or even in the neighborhood.  Owners of this hybrid have described the ease of training to be similar to that of giving directions to a child. 

Border Heeler Activity Requirements

Your Border Heeler is a hybrid created from the Border Collie and the Australian Cattle Dog.  Both of these parent breeds are high energy canine breeds which were bred for herding and hard work.  They will need to be kept active and challenged, both mentally and physically, to prevent boredom and the unacceptable destructive behaviors which can accompany boredom.  This is not a dog who can be submitted to the confines of apartment living.  He will do much better in a family home with a fenced yard and plenty of opportunity for exercise and physical and mental challenge.  Daily walks of 1 to 2 hour duration, games of fetch, frisbee or football will help to keep him occupied so he doesn’t start herding dogs, cats, kids and people.  He will do well in either urban or rural environments as long as there is ample opportunity for exercise.  The cooler climates suit him better since he’s equipped with a coat that is weather resistant and dense.

Border Heeler Owner Experiences

Jude
6 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
playing with squeaky toys
Doesn’t like to sleep at bed time. Follows me around
6 days, 11 hours ago
Carla
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
She's so sweet and protective with me as her momma. She is nervous with new people and tries to nip if they get too close... but loves people she is used to (i.e. extended family, friends who are over often). She's an active lil thing. Eats al lot. Is very very very attentive and loyal.
2 months, 1 week ago
Bevin
4 Years
8 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Swimming and cuddling
She was a rescue from the humane society. She is lovable and sunset as a whip. She LOVES her humans!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Josie
2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Loves going on runs with me the most
She loves playing with our kids
My Josie loves to play "tag"
This is my first border heeler have had her since she left mom
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Babs
2 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Being lazy
Running
Fetch
Herding
our girl is a working dog and came off a working cattle farm. we use her with our horses and are working on her herding for our goats. Lots of energy, but able to shut down and curl up for cuddles. Loves having a job and I think without it would find lots of trouble to get into. Quick to want to please. But not a dog to man-handle around.
3 months ago
Forest
10 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This is my first one. I already have 2 Australian Shepherds. I love herding breeds.
3 months, 1 week ago
Vivian
14 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Vivian definitely has high energy level, she is very alert and becoming a great guard dog. She is a fast learner!
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Mabel
7 Months
1 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She is a great puppy. Very, very smart, sometimes stubborn but quick to learn. Really had to work on nipping, but she is much better. Training in agility foundations and disc training. Loves both. Very affectionate. Sometimes a pain in the butt but I love her!!
4 months ago
MoMo
10 Weeks
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very smart for 10 week old puppy! Still takes a lot of naps at this time but when awake loves to play. Doesn’t like dog toys yet, but prefers sticks and outside objects
4 months, 1 week ago
Rosie
3 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Hiking
Cuddling
Our Rosie is a wonderful dog! We rescued her a year ago and she had severe separation anxiety. We worked on it (a lot), and now she can be left alone no problem! She will occasionally get into the garbage or toilet paper. She loves to be active but is also the BIGGEST couch potato. We love our girl! She is friendly with other dogs and people.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Trigger
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Road trip
Happy, energetic, excitable
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Smokey
7 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Ball
Smokey is a very Smart dog! Learns fast. Sometime to smart! He has had a problem tearing up stuff she left alone to long! When I got him he was very shy to people and 3 months later he loves people!
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Luna
8 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Love playing with her. And always wanting to be with her
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Mazey
16 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Our Mazey is a loving little puppy but she can be very protective which causes her to growl and bark at strangers, even from inside the car. She loves to learn new tricks, does so very quickly but finds it difficult to focus as she is very inquisitive and interested in everything else. She is well behaved with my young nephew (5y/o) and will listen to commands from him. Beach walks are her favourite and she loves the water. The best decision we have made for our family is to rescue Mazey from a foster home.
6 months, 1 week ago
August Blue "Auggie Blue"
5 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My only problem is his stubbornness. He runs off a lot and will NOT come back when called.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Oreo
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch, running,playing with the grandkids
Our border heeler is the most sweetest loving dog we have ever owned and he is very obedient.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Kala
5 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Frisbee
Rollerblading
Swim
Soccer
My kids and I got her when she was 10 weeks old. She house trained very quickly and has always been very affectionate with my boys. She is a little wary of strangers at first but after a couple of minutes she's your best friend. Obsessed with balls and sticks! She will go for hours and I think she might just keep going until she dropped dead if she could LOL. She will play goalie when the kids are playing soccer and loves jumping on the trampoline with them. It took no time at all to teach her how to Sit, Stay, roll over, Shake A Paw, probably within a couple of hours. She loves snuggling and if you don't pay enough attention to her sometimes she will nudge you with her nose. Just the best family dog ❤
7 months ago
Aphaea
7 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Frisbee
Walks
Tug-of-war
She is a little naughty sometimes but for the most parr i just love this puppy. She learns tricks in minutes and it sticks pretty well and actually for the most part she is pretty lazy. A little couch potato. But i just adore her and very much recommend the breed
7 months ago
Kayden
6 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking, walking playing training activities
He is the best so smart, energetic, stubborn, lovable friendly he is my baby he has a brother older Aussie,lab mix he keeps him company and teaches him discipline they grew up together Koda age 10
7 months, 1 week ago
Tank and Crash (brothers)
7 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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A friend of ours bought their sister and said they had 2 left. We went and looked at them (7 weeks) and we're hooked. They always want to please, excited when we go camping, learned tricks quickly, and we're they Stars of their puppy school classes. We wouldn't trade them for anything. Love them to pieces.
8 months, 1 week ago
Bella
11 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Run
Catch treats
Soccer
She is such a smart dog. She learned everything we taught her very quickly. I taught her to shake in less than a day, and she loves to do her "tricks" to get a treat. She is a very protective dog, when we have people come over she usually growls, but as soon as they are introduced she is very kind and loving. She can be very shy, but we think that is because we bought her from a puppy mill, where she was separated from her mother at a very young age. When we leave her at home alone, she doesn't destroy things, but that might be because she gets scared easy. Very high energy and a very sociable dog, she loves going to the dog park and playing with other dogs.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Sissy
2years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I saw her on the side of the road in a rural area that I passed everyday going to work. After the 3rd day of her curled up in the same spot. I realized she was lost. It was like she was waiting for someone to come back. I went home, got food and when she stood up I could see she was really thin. I got her to eat and finally after talking to her for awhile got her in my van. I took her home, tried to find her owners. No luck. She's a great dog. I knew she was part Heeler but didn't know what else till I saw some pictures.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Lola
2 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She has bad back legs/back already at 2 so we can't take her to the park or on walks but she's the happiest friendliest dog I've owned. Everyone is her friend including all our other animals dog, cats, rabbit. She helped us take care of an orphaned litter of kittens. She is very intelligent and learns very fast. I've taught her a couple tricks in one day. She's really distractable and has to be taught alone. She knew how to sit, lay down, play dead, shake and a few others all before she was even 11 weeks old.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
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