Blue Heeler Puppies
Blue heeler puppies — also called Australian cattle dogs — are popular among owners, and why wouldn’t they be? They’re intelligent, beautiful dogs, so when people are looking for a companion, they’re often high on the consideration list.
However, like any dog, blue heelers have needs and facts specific to their breed. It’s important to know what these are before you go and get a blue heeler, because you need to know it’s the dog for you.
So, here’s all you need to know.
Where To Get Blue Heeler Puppies
You can buy your blue heeler puppy from a good breeder. Ethical breeders will have their puppies registered with the AKC, health checks performed on the parents, proof that the puppies have seen a veterinarian, and will be open to answering questions and very transparent about their processes. This is Sage…
You can find ethical breeders by looking at sites such as Gooddog.com. You should, however, make sure you do your research beyond that.
If your puppy has no vet records, you never get to see the parents, and the breeder doesn’t feel right, don’t buy. The puppy may be from a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Although you might feel like you’re rescuing the puppy, you’ll be supporting bad business practices and allowing the breeder to continue on unethically.
You can also look for blue heeler puppies in shelters or breed-specific rescues. This might require calling around and waiting a while to see if anyone has blue heeler puppies come in.
If you manage to find a blue heeler puppy in a shelter, the cost will be a couple of hundred dollars. It might even cover microchipping, shots, and spaying/neutering. Boomerang…
Otherwise, a blue heeler puppy is going to run you over $1000.
Appearance And Temperament
A muscular dog, the blue heeler has black through a white coat which gives it the appearance of looking blue. They’re medium-sized, and look a little like dingos!
They’re bred to be working dogs, which means they’re extremely high energy and have a tendency to herd. These dogs are loyal and devoted but without something to do, they can become destructive. If you’re going to get a blue heeler, you should be prepared for that high-energy personality and go-go-go attitude.
Like any puppy, blue heelers need a lot of attention — but their herding nature makes that even more true. They’re full of energy, so you’ll have to be on top of their training and work hard to curb their herding when it comes to small children and animals. You can do this by buying them a herding ball as an outlet, and training “leave it”.
Blue heelers are happiest with a job to do, so you can teach them plenty of tricks! Leave jumping and agility until at least a year old, however. Dray Valley…
Dogs can’t hold their bladder for very long as puppies. That means you should be prepared to have patience with toilet training. Blue heelers, however, are very intelligent, so they’ll pick it up in no time.
Blue Heeler Puppies – Diet
The main debate between owners when it comes to diet is raw fed vs kibble. If you choose to feed them kibble, make sure it’s not grain-free, which can lead to heart disease in dogs. You should also talk to your veterinarian about the ingredients in the food you choose. Not all food is created equal, so make sure you do your research and check out all the ingredients in the food. Some food has more filler than nutrition.
If you do choose to feed raw, remember dogs are omnivores and need more than just meat. Your best bet is to feed them a diet prepared by a nutritionist, which often come in the form of subscription services.
Like any puppy, blue heelers need a series of three or four rounds of shots to protect them against parvovirus, distemper, and other diseases. When these are done, you’ll have the option to also vaccinate them against things like bordetella. This is highly recommended. They’ll also receive their rabies vaccine at around sixteen to eighteen weeks.
Like many purebred dogs, blue heelers do have specific health issues they can be prone to. Glaucoma and progressive renal atrophy are among these, so make sure your pet insurance covers them. Get a vet check-up once a year for booster shots and to keep an eye on things. This is Bullet…
Blue Heeler Puppies – Grooming
Blue heelers are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. You should brush their teeth every other day and clean their ears regularly. You should also introduce them to the nail clippers or Dremel at a young age so you can take care of their nails when they get too long.
Their coat, however, is short, so this doesn’t need groomed a lot.
Blue heeler puppies are great dogs. They’re devoted, loyal, and some of the most intelligent companions around. However, their high energy means you have to be on top of their needs. Start their training and socialization young, and give them a job to do. They’ll be the best pups around!