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Australian Shepherd / Australian Cattle Dog Mix

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Is the Australian Shepherd / Australian Cattle Dog Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Texas Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Aussie Shepherd Heeler

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Texas Heeler is usually a cross between a pure Australian Shepherd and a pure Australian Cattle dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Although bred from two Australian breeds, this mix was originally created in Texas to assist in the herding duties on the ranches there, and it soon proved popular as a great farm and family companion too. As a mix of two of the best herding breeds on the planet, they have a great work ethic.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, and the Texas Heeler can vary quite a lot, but expect a medium-sized, highly energetic dog.

Behavior / temperament:
With any mixed-breed, there can be variation in the dog's personality. But with the Texas Heeler, which is a blend of two similar herding breeds, you can predict a highly intelligent animal that needs early socialization and respectful training from the very beginning. This active dog thrives best in an environment where it has something involving to do. It could be herding livestock on a ranch, or it could be training for competition. But if you want a indoor dog to help you eat ice cream in front of the TV, you should probably pass on this active animal.

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