Texas Heeler

45-50 lbs
17-22"
United States
Australian Shepherd
Australian Cattle
Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler
The Texas Heeler is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd Dog. He is a friendly dog, but he is also quite protective of his family. More importantly, he is protective of his turf as well. He is an excellent watchdog. He is highly intelligent. He is easy to train as a result. He is also known to "herd," so he may not be a good match for families with small children. He is happiest with an active family. He is best suited to a home with a large yard, particularly on a farm or in rural areas.
Purpose
Herding Cattle, Watchdog, Companion
Date of Origin
1970s
Ancestry
Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd

Texas Heeler Health

Average Size
Male Texas Heeler size stats
Height: 17-22 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Female Texas Heeler size stats
Height: 17-22 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Osteosarcoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Hearing Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Texas Heeler Breed History

The Texas Heeler is a hybrid dog. He is a fairly common hybrid, but there is not a wealth of information about his exact origins. We do know that he was likely first developed in Texas in the middle of the twentieth century. Lucy Guynes registered the very first Texas Heeler in 1970 to the Dog Registry of America. (The Heeler has also become recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club in recent years.) Because there is so little information about the exact origins of the Texas Heeler, we might look at the history of his parent breeds in order to understand the hybrid breed a little better. The Australian Cattle Dog was developed during the nineteenth century by Australian settlers for the purpose of herding cattle on ranches. Dogs that had been imported from England had not proven to be hardy enough to keep up with the difficult endeavor of the ranch life Australia presented. Ranchers then began breeding these English dogs with the native Dingo of Australia. Because most of these dogs ended up with a distinctive blue-colored coat, the nickname "Blue Heeler" stuck. In 1893, Robert Kaleski began breeding Blue Heelers. In 1897, he began showing the breed. Although there is no information about how the Blue Heeler made its way to America, we do know that the first Australian Cattle Dog was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1980. The Australian Shepherd does not originate in Australia; he is an American dog through and through. He was bred to herd cattle on western ranches. There are no definite breeds documented that were used to develop the Australian Shepherd. Most experts believe that the Australian Shepherd was the result of many Australian-born collie and shepherding dogs imported to the United States. The Australian Shepherd was most popular right after World War II when the Western movie craze was at its height. He was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1993.

Texas Heeler Breed Appearance

The Texas Heeler is a medium-sized dog. It should be noted that he often has the bobbed tail of the Australian Cattle Dog parent breed. The Texas Heeler may be a variety of colors and coat variations. He generally has a short to medium-length coat (one to three inches in length). His fur is generally smooth and soft. He often looks much like the Australian Cattle Dog; however, his color may vary. He may be black, blue merle, or blue ticked. He may have some white or tan trim, especially on his feet and legs. He usually has the erect ears of the Australian Cattle Dog parent, but he may inherit the folded ears of the Australian Shepherd Dog.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Texas Heeler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Texas Heeler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Texas Heeler coat
Fawn
blue Texas Heeler coat
Blue
black Texas Heeler coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Texas Heeler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Texas Heeler Breed Maintenance

The Texas Heeler is a fairly low-maintenance dog. His fur will often be rather short and smooth. However, because he may have the longer hair of the Australian Shepherd Dog, you may need to brush him weekly to prevent tangles or matting. Bathe him only when necessary. Note: It is important to remember that the Texas Heeler may be sensitive to touch. This means you need to establish a grooming routine with him at an early age so that he knows what to expect. Brush his teeth two or three times a week in order to prevent bad breath and the build-up of tartar. However, if you want to prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two weeks unless he wears them down naturally. If he has erect ears, you will need to clean them only when you bathe him. If his ears fold over, you will need to clean them with a damp cotton ball, maybe even weekly. Wipe his ears clean with the cotton ball, and be sure to check for redness and a bad odor. If you notice either of these symptoms, your dog could have an ear infection.
Brushes for Texas Heeler
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Texas Heeler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Texas Heeler Temperament

The Texas Heeler is a highly intelligent dog. He is easily trainable because of this. He will consistently watch you for cues and signals. He also has natural herding instincts, which may make him a challenge at times. He is affectionate with his family and highly protective as well. He may be standoffish with strangers, and he may "herd" them away from you as a means of protecting you. It is recommended that you provide the Texas Heeler with plenty of early socialization in order to teach him how you want him to behave around the family and strangers as well. He is a great watchdog; however, he may not bark a great deal unless a stranger is actually present. While he gets along well with children, he may "nip" and "herd" them from time to time. He is not recommended for homes with other dogs or pets, however.

Texas Heeler Activity Requirements

The Texas Heeler is a high-energy working dog. He really likes to have a "job" to do. He loves to learn tricks and commands, and he may enjoy participating in agility and flyball should he not be assigned a "job" on a farm or ranch. Remember, he was born to herd, and he will not stray from this instinct. He enjoys any type of exercise, particularly a thirty-minute walk twice a day. The best exercise for the Texas Heeler though, is the activity provided by simply running free outside. The Texas Heeler will enjoy trips to the dog park. He will particularly enjoy being taken to an off-leash area where he can play freely. He will enjoy joining you on hikes on any type of terrain. The Texas Heeler will enjoy any outdoor family activity.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Texas Heeler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Texas Heeler Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Texas Heeler size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Texas Heeler size stats at six months
Height: 59 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Texas Heeler size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Texas Heeler size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Male Texas Heeler size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Texas Heeler size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 40 lbs

Texas Heeler Owner Experiences

copper
6 Months
4 People
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they are a very intelligent, willing to please dog. as long as you have room i would highly recommend them
4 days, 18 hours ago
Tejas
2 Years
3 People
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Just adopted my fur baby on 10/02. Shes a ball of energy but i need a dog willing to work and train to be my service dog. Vet said shes really healthy and needs a job to do. Shes super sweet and cuddly all she wants to do is be by my side.
1 week, 5 days ago
Texas
4 Years
6 People
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I adopted my baby about a year and half ago. He’s got long hair like a Aussie but is colored like a red heeler.! He’s super smart and I still to this day teach him new tricks. He knows how to lay and sit. He listen to my four year old son. He lets my son lay all over him and they even share my son bed together.! I wouldn’t trade him for the world.! He’s an amazing dog. Only thing is he doesn’t like the other dogs having their no toys. Only he can own the toys and they can play with them when he’s up for it.! If not he chews all their toys up and lays on his.!
5 months ago
Roxanne Eliza Beth
15 Months
2 People
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We adopted her as a mixed breed last month. She looks as if someone bred her on purpose, very well proportioned. We had her DNA tested. It came back mostly Aussie cattle dog, Aussie shepherd and border collie, so I researched online to see if there was anyone around doing that combination on purpose and found the Texas heeler. She is a lot thinner and longer than most heelers and she is red. I think she is a throwback to her dingo ancestors. She is affectionate, funny, loves to herd us around the house and is determined to eat every bunny in the neighborhood. Roxanne learns very quickly. I have experience with corgis and shelties, and this girl can wipe the floor with them. Probably the smartest dog I have ever owned. Rally-O, here we come!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Frida
4 Months
2 People
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Frida is a beautiful girl who has two different color eyes and definitely takes after her Aussie side with looks apart from her short fur. She has a naturally bobbed tail and is blue and white. She's a good listener 80% of the time and the other 20% stubborn as can be, haha. However she has picked up training extremely fast and if calm will do as asked. She is very high energy so keeping her mentally and physically active is very important so she doesnt act out (She's still a puppy so she can be a bit sassy). She's great with everyone we have socialized her with but barks if anyone walks near our house that she doesn't know. Along those same lines she loves me and my daughter both and is a good family dog however is more attached to me. From what I have studied it is not unusual for them to choose one person they bond the most with and claim them. She can be overprotective of me at times so I would again stress the importance of socialization and training! She's nippy, it's scared a few of my daughter's friends who now shrink away if she even sits by them. I'm not sure if this is due to her being a puppy yet or being a herder but we are working on that as well. She's incredibly loving and affectionate and wants to snuggle constantly. She follows me through the house at every moment. All in all she's an absolutely wonderful addition to the family, strikingly beautiful, and wonderful dog. I would suggest this breed to anyone who can keep up with them, keep them entertained and stimulated and has the dedication to socializing and training them that is needed with a herding breed in genral.
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Bearbear
8 Weeks
5 People
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They are very sensitive but she is an amazing with kids meeting new people, animals and love to learn new things but she hates treats
6 months, 2 weeks ago
jackson
2 Years
5 People
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he is a lovely little guy. very affectionate toward me and the family, hes also protective of us. he loves to play and run and has tons of energy!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Keeva
14 Weeks
3 People
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I’ve had this pup for about a month and she is one of the smartest dogs I have ever had! Great with people and other animals so kind natured and easy to train, but she is very strong willed and thick headed at the same time!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Mozzie
6 Months
3 People
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Very active, smart, and playful.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Trucker
6 Months
4 People
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Trucker is a great dog. Very protective and smart. He has an equal balance of traits from his father and mother (which I own both). His appearance I would say is more like his mother (Aussie side), but he has a tad more personality traits from his daddy (queensland). He is a great family dog but attached himself to one owner. He is quiet like the Aussie but a great guard dog like the queensland. His only urge to herd is a ball, wheelbarrow, vacuum or anything rolling on the ground. He doesn't bother livestock (horses, cows or chickens). He is more affectionate like his mother (Aussie). He loves to cuddle and lay with you. He's less active like his daddy (queensland). If he knows your home he just has to be with you or has to follow you or see you just like his daddy (queensland). He is also a little hard-headed like his daddy. Surprisingly he has a real nice combo of both parents, I am very pleased with the results. Trucker is a solid red with freckling on his nose and legs. Him and his other 6 siblings were NOT born with bobbed tails. He has medium length coat and is about 37 pounds at 6 months old. He is going to be a big boy. His mother weighs 46 pounds and his daddy weighs 33 pounds. We love him, one of the best dogs ever.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
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