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Texas Heeler Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Texas Heeler so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Texas Heeler have? The dog breed also known as...
Aussie Shepherd Heeler
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Texas Heeler recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Texas Heeler recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Texas Heeler breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Animal Research Foundation
Price
How much does the Texas Heeler puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Texas Heeler price:
200-400
If you choose to purchase the Texas Heeler, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Texas Heeler for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Texas Heeler gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Texas Heeler size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Texas Heeler weigh? Texas Heeler weight:
25-50 pounds (11–23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Texas Heeler? Texas Heeler average weight:
37.5 pounds (11–23 kg)
Height
How tall is the Texas Heeler? Texas Heeler height:
17-22 inches (43–61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Texas Heeler average height:
19.5 inches (43–61 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Texas Heeler have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothDenseDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Texas Heeler's coat?
BlackBlue BrownWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Texas Heeler and how often?
Effortless: The Texas Heeler requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Texas Heeler is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Texas Heeler dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Aussie Shepherd Heeler? Texas Heeler shedding level:
Texas Heelers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Texas Heeler have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CleverStubbornObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Texas Heeler? Are they intelligent?
Average: Texas Heeler's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Texas Heeler dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Texas Heelers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Texas Heelers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Texas Heeler sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Texas Heelers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Texas Heelers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Aussie Shepherd Heeler need? Texas Heeler social needs:
Texas Heelers are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Texas Heeler dogs bark a lot? Why does my Aussie Shepherd Heeler bark?
Low: The Texas Heeler barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Texas Heeler good as a watchdog?
Texas Heelers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Texas Heeler dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Texas Heelers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Texas Heeler can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Texas Heeler will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Texas Heeler bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Aussie Shepherd Heeler? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Texas Heeler? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Texas Heeler has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Texas Heeler do?
Texas Heelers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Texas Heelers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Texas Heeler to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Texas Heeler roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Texas Heeler is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Texas Heeler have high prey drive?
Texas Heelers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Texas Heelers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Texas Heeler good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Texas Heelers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Texas Heelers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Texas Heelers handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Texas Heeler dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Texas Heelers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Texas Heeler dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Texas Heeler and children:
Texas Heelers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Texas Heeler dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Texas Heelers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Texas Heeler good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Texas Heeler dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Texas Heelers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Texas Heelers good office dogs? Do Texas Heelers make good office friendly dogs? Can Texas Heelers be office dogs?
No
Texas Heeler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Texas Heeler dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Aussie Shepherd Heeler temperament with senior people? Are Texas Heeler dogs good for elderly owners?
Texas Heelers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Texas Heeler dogs get along with other pets? Are Texas Heeler dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Texas Heelers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Texas Heeler breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Texas Heelers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Texas Heeler is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Texas Heeler is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Texas Heeler is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Texas Heeler is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a boat dog?
Not really
Texas Heeler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Texas Heeler be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Texas Heeler is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Texas Heeler dogs have health problems?
Texas Heelers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Texas Heeler breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Texas Heeler breed? Health risks of Texas Heeler:
CataractsDeafnessEpilepsyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Texas Heeler dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Texas Heeler be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Texas Heeler breed hypoallergenic?
No
Texas Heelers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Texas Heeler have?
Texas Heelers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Texas Heeler dogs require per day?
Texas Heelers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Texas Heelers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Texas Heeler need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Texas Heeler risk for obesity:
Average. The Texas Heeler has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Texas Heeler's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Texas Heeler has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Texas Heeler drool?
The Texas Heeler is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Texas Heeler pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Texas Heeler pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Texas Heeler: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Texas Heeler have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Texas Heeler have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Texas Heeler

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Texas Heeler requires minimal grooming.
  • Stinkiness: The Texas Heeler has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Texas Heelers handle alone time quite well.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Texas Heelers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Texas Heelers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Texas Heelers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Mouthiness: Texas Heelers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Texas Heeler is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Texas Heelers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Texas Heeler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Texas Heelers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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