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Or a good forum specific to the Blue heeler breed?
My pup has 1/4 blue heeler and I dont have a clue as to what behavior is normal for that breed.I do know border collies as Ive had one for 12yrs but Im under the impression heelers are more aggressive and more destructive(could be wrong thats why I need info).
The pup is 3/4 rottie(we had one years ago who passed at the age of 11 so we at least know what to expect there to a certain extent).
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Well, they're drivey dogs, they're athletic dogs, they're herders.. but I don't know much else besides that. Not sure about aggression, but I know destruction would definitely tie in to the fact that they're high-energy. How old is the pup?

Maybe JohnnyBandit will pop in on this thread.. he has a CH ACD (I think Heelers and ACDs are the same thing)

But aside from that, don't worry TOO much about any one breed's characteristics.. after all, it is still a mutt, and may behave nothing like EITHER breed normally does.
 

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My mu used to breed blue heelers or cattle dogs, here in australia. They are extremely intelligent, very territorial, destructive if not given an mental outlet as well as a physical one, can be dominant with other dogs, are very barky if not properly exhausted everyday.

the most important thing to know is that in australia the heeler is the most dumped dog in australia, because people just want a true aussie breed, but don't actually research before hand. they need tons of exercise and mental stimulation, they also need to be taught that although protecting the house is a good thing, biting isn't and above all SOCIALISATION is a MASSIVE must to have a well balanced heeler.
 

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Thanks,I know she is still just a mutt but Its nice to be aware of what "might" happen as far as temperament.So far she is very bitey and a little shy but she is only 12 weeks old.
She was biting and grabbing my feet with her paws as I walked by last week but I think she realized that isnt fun anymore and she is finally learning the word "no"..
 

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I would think that if ur dog is 1/4 heeler (probably more mixes than that) it really does not matter how your dog behaves at this point as all the different breeds probably cancel out most common traights. I would simply address any undesired behaviors for what they are not concern myself with assigning such behaviors to a breed.

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She isnt any more mixes then that.The parents were on site(my dh's friend saw them himself).She has a full rott mom and a half rott half blue heeler dad.So she is no other mix of anything.The reason I ask is because I have seen some herding and lots of biting in her.They could be just normal puppy behavior but they could also be the Heeler.
Heelers are a dime a dozen out here, we have alot of small beef farmers here so its not that unusual to find Heeler mixes.
 

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The reason I ask is because I have seen some herding and lots of biting in her.They could be just normal puppy behavior but they could also be the Heeler.
In case you are not aware of it Rotts are a excellent herding breed! I have trained a few and have friends who have many herding titles on many Rotts.... I always address inappropriate biting for what it is regardless of breed or situation.

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Yea I knew they were herders too we had a beautiful AKC male rottie for 11yrs and he never showed those crouch and stare type behaviors like Sasha is.She acts more like our border collie except with biting.I know that different dogs are bred to herd different ways though. BC's will herd things to you(thats what ours do, circle around and bring them in) but Im thinking Heelers are opposite and herd things out and away(dont quote me on that cause I didnt check my facts)..We are working on the biting, she just seems so excessive with it as compared to when our other dogs were pups.
 

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Or a good forum specific to the Blue heeler breed?
My pup has 1/4 blue heeler and I dont have a clue as to what behavior is normal for that breed.I do know border collies as Ive had one for 12yrs but Im under the impression heelers are more aggressive and more destructive(could be wrong thats why I need info).
The pup is 3/4 rottie(we had one years ago who passed at the age of 11 so we at least know what to expect there to a certain extent).
Thanks so much.
I am unsure how much this will apply to a 1/4 mix.


But ACD's tend to have a much harder edge to them than Border Collies.

They had to be harder dogs. ACD's were developed and bred to herd some of the toughest wildest stock in the world. Versus BCs which were bred to mover fairly soft stock.

The breed has no peer when it comes to tough aggressive woods cattle.

I would not call them aggressive. I would call them tenacious, drivey and fearless. Most in the breed seem to think they weigh 500 pounds and had little or no concern for personal safety

My previous ACD had a serious tail injury while working and there was no yelp and he did not miss a lick. The only way I knew an injury had occured is that blood was spraying everywhere.

As far as being destructive..... Well yea they can be. But that goes with any high drive dog that is allowed to become bored. Lots of excercise and mental stimulation along with training will take care of that.


When it comes to biting well again the breed is born with the instinct to bite things. Its way past being mouthy. The seem to need to bite things. Again, that can be dealt with through training.


All in all if you can deal with the drive, the intelligence, the tenacity, etc

There is no better breed of dog, I will never be without one.
 

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ditto everything Johnny said. And my pup is only part heeler as well. He would bite our heels when we got him. We trained it out of him fairly quickly, although we got him at 8or so months, not a young puppy. He's been the best dog, and surprisingly, the least destructive. My little doxies have torn up more than he has. Also, they are soooo smart. You can watch them solve problems on their face. You literally see them work it out. Very fun dogs. Good luck with your pup.
 

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Thanks all.I just keep seeing more and more herding type behavior from her.
She is constantly coming up behind me and biting my shoe or the back of my leg(that kinda hurts too).Sometimes she just grabs my leg with her paws and trips me. She is staring down the other dogs and then pouncing on them.She bites any and everything constantly and it hurts.She sticks to me like glue though, Idk we have 6 people in the family but she seems to have chosen me as her preference.
I just hope she doesnt try herding kids like our BC used to do.We had a hard time with that when he was younger.
 

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We had one for a little while as a child. Not very long as my parents took it back to the people we got him from when it became clear that they didn't have the time to properly train and exercise him. They finally came to this determination after Beau decimated the brand new lawn furniture, coating the entire yard in stuffing. I also recall that it tried to herd us kids by nipping at our ankles. But in between, that he was really sweet. Luckily he got to go back from whence he came and herd cows.
 

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That herding the kids thing Is really what scares me.It wouldnt be so bad but she looks so much like a rottwieler I dont want to start a panic(OMG the neighbors rottwieler is biting and chasing kids)!!That could get sooo bad.
We wont be taking Sasha back, she was headed to the pound along with her two siblings when my dh said he would take her.
We actually taught our BC to herd the birds.He loves to try and get those wild birds rounded up.Good alternative to chasing kids..He also used to love to chase bubbles and catch frisbees but he cant anymore.His back legs are going out, its so sad to see a dog get too old to do what it was meant to.
 
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