The Texas Heeler is technically a mixed breed, mixing the Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog together. They’re medium dogs with a short coat that could really end up in any color, due to the variety of colors from these two breeds! Their coats will tend to shed quite a bit, so be careful if you have allergies and are looking to get one.
The main thing to remember about the Texas Heeler is that they’re incredibly high energy. If you’re anticipating a dog with a lot of energy, double your expectations, and you might come close to imagining the Texas Heeler! They love having a lot of room to run and they need lots of physical activity to satisfy their needs. They’ll do well with an active family.
They love their people, but they can have a bit of an independent streak to look out for. This may mean you see a little bit of stubbornness when training. Stick with it, stay patient, and you’ll break through!
Texas Heeler – A Very High Energy Dog
Although they’re very loving, they do have a strong herding instinct. That means they can nip at small children and animals. Make sure you teach them a good “leave it” verbal cue, though this can take months to be reliable. Managing the situation around children and cats is always the best course of action, and redirecting them if they start to get mouthy.
The good news is these dogs are very intelligent so once they are trained, you should have a well-mannered best friend for life. Make sure you only use positive reinforcement and stay both firm and gentle. You’ll have your Texas Heeler equipped with great manners and the knowledge of how to do some fun party tricks in no time! An all around great breed.