Blue Heeler Mix
The blue heeler mix breed is also known as the Australian cattle dog and is a result of cross between Smooth Collie and the Australian dingo. These are registered mix breeds and they were recognized by various organizations. They are called ‘Blue Heeler’ as they are blue in color; however, red heelers and Queensland heeler (as they were successfully bred in Queensland in the year 1943) are also result of similar crossings. These mix breeds are used in various competitions and events and also work as assistance dogs.
The following are general features of the Blue Heeler mix breeds:-
• These are registered and recognized mix breeds and are a result of cross between Smooth Collie and Australian dingo.
• It is a breed that belongs to the herding dog category that expertise in driving cattle over long distances and rough terrains.
• Colors: – The blue heeler mix has a mixture of black and white coat color, that gives it an appearance of a red or blue dog and therefore they are rightly assigned the name as the ‘blue heeler’ or the ‘red heeler’. The red or the blue coat grows above the white coat as the puppy matures. They sometimes have a tan, white or red marking on their forehead.
• These dogs are short to medium heighted and are roughly about 19 to 21 inch long.
• They weigh about 30 to 50 pounds.
• They have a double coat with an upper layer that is black or brown in color and small patches of white colored hair beneath it.
• The average litter size is 7 to 9 puppies.
• Lifespan of the Australian Heeler Mix is about 11 to 14 years.
• It is a muscular and strong dog, not a cute stuff. They have a broad skull with muscular cheeks and powerful muzzles. The eyes are dark and oval and the ears are pricked.
• They have a natural and an undocked tail.
These dogs possess high levels of energy and are known for their intelligence. They can quickly respond to challenges and task given to them without giving a second thought and they do the assigned task very efficiently. Development of intelligence depends on the structure of training that is given to them during the puppy hood stage.
They are very loyal to their owners and form a strong bond with their masters. These dogs are very protective and they will defend you from your enemies in any circumstance. They are known to give you an alert expression, and they really are always alert and ready to obey you anytime. On Stanley Coren’s scale, these dogs are listed as one of the most intelligent dogs and they are an expert in learning tricks or engaging themselves in sports and winning them as well.
They are excellent as a guard dog and can socialize well. They can mingle with other dogs as well if they are raised with them since their puppy hood. However, this is not the breed who will allow himself to grow up in herds. They need their own space, time and attention. The Blue Heeler Mix breed gets along with adults, children as well as the aged and can recognize your enemies as well. However, they may herd unknown humans and animals by nipping at their heels. Like other dogs, they love to be rewarded for the special actions they do and loves to be praised by their masters.
These dogs are otherwise unaggressive, but if you treat them harshly, they will bite you and harm you. They bark at alarmed situations or even when they are frustrated or bored.
The following is a chart for feeding Blue heeler mix breeds at various stages of their life:-
• For a 5 – 6 month puppy – feed 2 to 3 cups of puppy food divided into three separate meals per day.
• For a 6 month to 12 month puppy – feed 3 cups of dog food into two separate meals per day.
• From 1 year to 2 year age – feed your dog with 3 to 3 ½ cups of dog food divided equally into two separate meals.
• Monitor feeding habits of adult blue heeler mix very closely. They should be fed twice daily with 2 cups of dry dog food, occasionally mixed with small chicken chunks (do not make it a regular habit).
You should monitor dog activities and adjust the feeding habits and timings accordingly. Your puppy should be given whole chicken/meat, not any meat by product or meat meals. They are highly energetic and need to build their muscles in order to stay away from diseases. Do not give them dog food that contains wheat and corn meal or gluten. The dog food shall not contain any chemical preservative like BHT, BHA, Glycol or even artificial colors. Dry dog food is obviously a better choice than canned or wet dog foods.
Health and Immunization
Blue heeler mix breed of dogs are prone to various diseases. Most common problems in these dogs are progressive blindness and deafness which may be accidental or hereditary.
These mix breeds are also prone to diseases such as Progressive rod or cone degeneration which can cause blindness in these dogs at later stages of life. They are also prone to hip dysplasia or other musco-skeletal diseases such as elbow dysplasia, and arthritis. Cases have been reported where these dogs were treated for infertility, pyometra and false pregnancy and therefore, to avoid such problems they should be well fed, especially a diet that will contain balanced amount of protein, carbohydrate, vitamin, minerals, calcium and fat content.
These dogs should be immunized at regular intervals with vaccines such as – rabies, parvovirus, influenza, parainfluenza and others.
The Blue heeler mix breed shed more often, therefore it requires regular grooming and brushing, especially during the shedding period. Feed them well and make them do regular exercise. Avoid exposing them to extreme cold or extreme hot weather conditions.
They can be adopted according to the guidelines set by various organizations that give him recognition.
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