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A young male Texas Heeler.
|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. They are bred mainly for their ability to work cattle. Found mainly on ranches in the past, they are currently being enjoyed in dog sports such as agility, frisbee, and Rally Obedience.
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.
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