Texas Heeler

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Texas Heeler
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A young male Texas Heeler.
Origin United States
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Texas Heeler is a crossbred herding dog found mainly in Texas. They are a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd, but can be a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Border Collie.[1] They are bred mainly for their ability to work cattle.[2] Found mainly on ranches in the past, they are currently being enjoyed in dog sports such as agility, frisbee, and Rally Obedience.

Appearance[edit]

A Texas Heeler puppy.

Texas Heelers are medium-sized dogs that generally weigh between 25 and 50 pounds (11–23 kg) and stand between 17 and 22 inches (43-61 cm) tall. Their coats are usually smooth and can vary from short to medium in length (1 to 3 inches), and their colors include black, blue merle, and blue ticked with white and/or tan trim. Texas Heelers are generally prick-eared, but may also have folded ears. Most have bobtails, but they can have long tails.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hartnagle-Taylor, Jeanne Joy; Taylor, Ty (2010). Stockdog Savvy. Alpine Publications. ISBN 978-1-57779-106-5. 
  2. ^ Renna, Christine Hartnagle (2009). Herding Dogs. Kennel Club Books. ISBN 978-1-59378-737-0. 

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