Texas Heeler Owner’s Guide

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 06/11/21 •  5 min read
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Are you thinking about adopting a dog? The first thing you will have to decide on is what breed you are going to choose. Of course, every breed of dog is different and they have various needs. Therefore, you want to choose one that is going to suit your lifestyle. For example, if you are active or looking for a working dog, you may like the Texas Heeler. This is a furry friend that is popular and may be the best one for you. Let’s learn more about the Texas Heeler to see if this is the case.

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What is a Texas Heeler?

Let’s start by saying that the Texas Heeler is not a purebred canine. Instead, you will find that the Texas Heeler is a hybrid breed, mixing the best traits of the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd. They are referred or as an F1 or first-generation breed. Unfortunately, nobody is exactly sure where this furry friend started. But it is most likely true that Texas saw the first of this breed. Indeed, someone called Lucy Guynes was the first person to register this canine back in the 1970s. Due to their crossbreed, they make great herding dogs and this is where their best abilities lie. When they are happy and healthy, the Texas Heeler can live to around 12 to 15 years old. They weigh around 25 to 50 pounds, as well as reaching a height of up to 22 inches.

Let’s not forget that as a mixed breed, the appearance of the Texas Heeler is going to vary. But you can expect their coat to be black or blue merle, as well as having white or brown trims. In addition, they can have pricked ears and bobbed tails. Everybody does the Texas Heeler as being a beautiful dog and they are sure to get a lot of attention when you are out and about. This canine is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Instead, they are members of the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Do They have a Good Temperament?

You will know the Texas Heeler as a hard worker and an active pooch. They love to be in the middle of everything and having a job to do. But they are also affectionate towards their pack and they normally have a favorite person. They can make good watch dogs but, due to their herding nature, they might nip or try to herd strangers. Early training will be necessary to stop this behavior.

The great thing about the Texas Heeler is that they can be easier to train than other breeds. This is because they are typically an intelligent pooch and they are obedient. They like to have a job and they are going to be happy to learn new commands. In particular, they love to please their owners and positive rein enforcement is great for this pooch. Of course, they excel when they are herding. But since they are smart and agile they can do well in dog sports. For example, you can have fun with your pup on agility courses and taking part in flyball.

When it comes to getting along with other dogs and animals, they are going to need early socialization and exposure to different environments. This is something that is necessary for every breed and it allows your canine to be happy. This way, your Texas Heeler can learn the best way to make new furry friends and have fun when they are at the dog park or living with other animals. Socialization should start when they are young. This is the best way for them to learn and have fun.

Do They Require a lot of Grooming?

The length of the Texas Heeler coat is going to vary depending on breeding. Usually, they will have short or medium length fur, which is smooth and soft. Their coat does mean that the Texas Heeler might not be the best breed to get if you have an allergy to dogs. You will have to brush your pup, as well as give them a bath on a regular basis. This is especially true if they are going to be used as a working dog outside.

Their coat does mean that they will need a coat during the winter weather. This is not a pooch that has a thick enough coat to keep themselves warm. Therefore, if you live somewhere with extreme weather conditions, this might not be the canine for you. In addition, during the hot summer months, they will benefit from sunscreen on any exposed skin and on their nose. This is something that all dogs will need so that they do not get sun damage.

Do They Require a lot of Exercise?

You should not forget that the Texas Heeler was meant to herd. This means that you are going to have to take your pooch on regular exercise throughout the day to satisfy their needs. Indeed, the Texas Heeler does need a lot of physical activity. In particular, they will love to go hiking or running with you to expend energy. A simple walk around the block is not going to be enough. Consider taking your furry friend to the dog park. Here they can socialize and run around freely and safely. Playing fetch is another good way to exercise your Texas Heeler.

Therefore, exercise is very important to this pooch. But is mental stimulation and being able to think and use their brain during the day. A good way to keep your dog amused is by having a variety of toys available. Most canines enjoy chewing, as well as squeaky toys. Do not forget that you can bond with your pup when you play. There are also toys that can drop treats once your canine has worked out how to do this. Training is a good way to exercise your furry friend’s brain too. So, make sure to have regular training sessions with your pooch.

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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