The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler and the Border Collie. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Aussie is known for being friendly, affectionate, and intelligent. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler or the Border Collie? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler Border Collie Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler History
As one might guess, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, also known as the blue heeler hails from Australia. It is believed to be the oldest domesticated breed native to the continent. This is a bit of speculation and has never been confirmed. Similar to the Australian Shepherd, researchers believe that British colonists crossbred their herding dogs with wild dingoes and collies. This would have happened in the mid 19th century. This was done to create a breed of dog more tolerant to the conditions of the continent. The extreme heat needed to be tolerable and the interbreeding created a dog that was more adaptive to it. As various breeds of the Australian Cattle Dog diverged, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog almost became extinct. I don’t really know why, but blue-colored dogs proved to be the most popular among ranch owners and drovers, and they became known as Blue Heelers.
The breed was first known as the Australian Heeler, then later as the Australian Cattle Dog, which is the name now accepted as official throughout Australia and elsewhere. However, some people still call them Blue Heelers or Queensland Heelers.
Border Collie History
Here’s another collie dog that looks nothing like Lassie! The term collie is a generic one used to describe any number of shepherding dogs, not simply one dog of one appearance. The border collie is a graceful and natural herder for farmers worldwide, but prospective pet owners should be aware of their energy level, which is one of the highest among all canines. Border Collies have a sweet temperament and are one of the most intelligent breeds in all of dogdom, but please do not adopt one unless you have both a medium-to-large back yard and ample time for training and exercise. Neither you nor the dog will be happy. But if you’re looking for an athletic, medium-sized dog with easy grooming requirements and wits to match your own, the Border Collie might be for you! The Border Collie was bred for herding and hails from the border region between England and Scotland. Her ancestors were the Landrace Collies common to the British Isles. Besides herding she was also bred for intelligence, a trait she retains to this day. It is believed that the word “collie” comes from the Celtic word for “useful.”
In 1915, Britain’s International Sheep Dog Society coined the term “border collie” to distinguish its collies from the Kennel Club’s collie. The two dogs were bred from the same stock but exhibited certain differences in appearance. All purebred Border Collies today can trace their ancestry back to one of two dogs who exemplified the breed. They were introduced to Australia and New Zealand in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Some breeders today oppose the use of Border Collies as show dogs, fearing the herding instinct will be bred away. So, to this day, the breeding quality of a Border Collie is judged on one of two bases: herding ability, as determined by the International Sheep Dog Society; or purely by conformation and appearance. Border Collie registries exist in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Turkey.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler
Height: 18 - 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 51 lb.
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Height: 18 - 22 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 30 - 45 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 17 years
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler and the Border Collie are known for being courageous and protective. The Blue Heeler is known for being loyal, brave, and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog - Blue Heeler mixed with the Border Collie might be prone to progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, deafness, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."