Pit Heeler

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30-60 lbs
17-24"
Unknown
American Pitbull Terrier
Blue Heeler
Bull Heeler, Blue Pit Cattle Terrier, Blue Terrier, Bull Pit Heeler, Red Pit Cattle Terrier, Red Terrier, Queensland Pit

The Pit Heeler is a modern designer dog breed that was created from the crossbreeding of an American Pitbull Terrier and a Blue Heeler. These dogs are a new type of breed that still does not have much information available. Because of this, we must consider the good and bad qualities of both parent breeds in order to make an educated guess on what these dogs will end up looking and acting like. This hybrid breed will do best in the slight cold and does not enjoy the extreme heat since they have thick coats. They are sweet dogs but do best when paired with an experienced owner that knows how to handle them. Owners of this hybrid say they are strong willed but great companions when given consistent training.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Pitbull Terrier, Blue Heeler

Pit Heeler Health

Average Size
Height: 17-24 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Height: 17-24 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Electroretinogram

Pit Heeler Breed History

Designer dogs have just recently been gaining popularity and can be found more and more often in everyday households. A hybrid or designer breed is the name given to a dog that was born from two purebred breeds. The result is not a purebred, but instead a dog that will be a mix between the two parent breeds. Getting accurate information on these dogs can sometimes be difficult, since they are still new and not much is known about them. To find out what a designer dog may act and look like, we have to consider the characteristics from both parent breeds and make an educated guess by comparing the differences and similarities among the two breeds. Pit Heelers are dogs who are born from the combination of an American Pitbull Terrier and a Blue Heeler. The American Pitbull Terrier, which is also known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was created from breeding some terrier type dogs, including the White English Terrier, the Fox Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier, with English Bulldogs. They were originally used to manage bulls for butchers and to hold game such as wild boar for hunters. They were eventually used in bear and boar fighting blood sports and later on in dog fighting when the blood sports were outlawed in England in the 1800s. In the mid-1800s the breed made an appearance in the United States and was then known as American Pitbull Terriers among other similar names. Blue Heelers were brought from Europe to North America by settlers and were developed in the 1800s by the pioneer settlers who wanted an intelligent canine with good working endurance. This breed was created by crossing Dingo-Blue Merle Collies with Dalmatians, Black and Tan Kelpies, and possibly Bull Terriers. These dogs excelled at herding cattle across large areas in all environments and weather conditions.

Pit Heeler Breed Appearance

Pit Heelers are the result of the crossing of American Pitbull Terriers and Blue Heelers. American Pitbull Terriers have thick and muscular necks that hold heads which are wide between the cheeks and brick-like. The jaws are very powerful and meet in a scissors bite, and the chests are deep and broad. Overall these dogs appear to be muscular and stocky, although they are quite athletic and very strong as well. Their tails are tapering and get thinner as they near the end. The ears are sometimes cropped but the tails are never docked. American Pitbull Terriers have round eyes. Blue Heelers are compact and robust, with an agile and well muscled body that is a bit larger in length than in height. The slightly curved tails are held at a moderately low level and the front legs, which end in round feet with short toes, are strong and straight. These dogs as well have broad heads with a slight curve between the ears and a definite stop. The wide set ears will be medium in size and will become erect when the dog is alert. The Blue Heeler has medium sized eyes which are dark and shaped like ovals. This breed has similar teeth to the other parent, since they as well meet in a scissors bite. Your Pit Heeler will be strong and agile with a well-muscled build. His look will have an air of confidence and knowledge.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brindle
White
Red
Fawn
Sable
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pit Heeler Breed Maintenance

To determine how you should care for your pet, consider the maintenance needs of the parent dogs. The coat on the Pit Heeler will need to be brushed about once a week, and baths should be given to the Pit Heeler as needed. They will need to have their nails clipped regularly which will most likely be around every one to two months. Some may notice that their dog needs to have their nails trimmed more or less often, which would be normal because the more or less active that your dog is, the quicker or slower that the nails will get worn down naturally. All dogs will benefit from having their ears wiped clean weekly, since it will lower the risk of developing ear infections. At least two or three times a week you should brush your dog’s teeth. This will keep the gums and teeth healthy and in good condition. The best frequency for brushing your dog’s teeth is every day.
Brushes for Pit Heeler
Pin Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pit Heeler Temperament

These dogs make great family pets as long as they are trained well while they are young. This hybrid gets their great companionship trait from the Blue Heeler parent, and both parents are usually quite obedient and easy to train since they respond well and love to please their owners. However, they are still better suited for owners who have owned dogs before. The parents have either high or moderate hunting instincts, which means that the Pit Heeler should be monitored around small pets. They are generally not noisy dogs, since both parents only bark rarely or occasionally. Blue Heelers can sometimes be aggressive and protective, although they are also smart, loyal and alert. American Pitbull Terriers are more affectionate, social and friendly with happy and cheerful personalities.  Keep in mind that the Pit Heeler can adopt any of these traits. It is important for all dogs of any breed to be properly socialized while they are young. This will make sure that, as adults, they will be prepared to take on any situation and can deal with all sorts of people and pets that they may encounter.

Pit Heeler Activity Requirements

These dogs are very energetic and will require lots of daily exercise to remain fit and happy. The Pit Heeler gets these high activity needs from both of the parent breeds. These designer dogs will enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, running or jogging, playing fetch, agility, obedience and other canine sports. Considering the needs of the parents, we can assume that the Pit Heeler will need somewhere around 45 to 60 minutes of activity every day. Dogs should also be exercised and challenged mentally as well as physically, especially breeds like the Pit Heeler who are very intelligent.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Pit Heeler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Pit Heeler Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 33 lbs
18 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 38 lbs

Pit Heeler Owner Experiences

Kudo
3 Weeks
3 People
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Super affectionate with family and friends, but very protective and barks/ growls at new people, even kids. Loses training quickly if we're not being consistent and wants to lick you constantly. Tolerates my toddler's shenanigans very well and is great with other dogs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Pepperann
8 Months
1 People
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Playdate
very smart and affectionate loves everybody . Energetic
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Sherman
2 Years
2 People
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Very smart, super loving, a little needy with affection but that could be because he’s spoiled, muscular body, high energy.
1 week ago
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