Texas Heeler

USD 200-400 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)


Cross Breed

Breed Type



13-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 213
Origin United States
Other Names Aussie Shepherd Heeler
Breed Type Cross Breed
Price (Avg.) USD 200-400
Size Medium
Weight 25-50 pounds (11–23 kg)
Height 17-22 inches (43–61 cm)
Lifespan 13-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding Cattle, Watchdog, Companion
Date of Origin 1970s
Ancestry Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Double, Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Blue, Brown, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Fawn
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Sparse
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Clever, Obedient, Stubborn
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Cataracts, Deafness, Epilepsy, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Texas Heeler have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Texas Heeler is a hybrid breed of dog that is a cross between an Australian Cattle Dog and an Australian Shepherd. This breed has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its intelligence, loyalty, and good looks. The Texas Heeler is known for its strong herding instincts and its ability to adapt to different environments.

Appearance: The Texas Heeler has a medium-sized body with a muscular build. Its coat can be short or long, depending on the parent breeds, and it usually comes in shades of blue or red merle. It has almond-shaped eyes that are usually brown or blue in color, and its ears are erect and pointy. Its tail is usually docked short but can also be left long if desired.

Lifespan, Size, Weight & Colors: The average lifespan of the Texas Heeler is 12-15 years. It typically weighs between 30-50 pounds when fully grown and stands at 18-22 inches tall at the shoulder. Common colors for this breed include black, white, red merle, blue merle, sable merle, brindle merle and tri-color (black/white/tan).

Personality: The Texas Heeler is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners. It’s loyal and affectionate towards family members but can also be independent when needed. This breed loves to play fetch or go on hikes with their owners as well as participate in agility competitions or other activities that require quick thinking skills such as herding livestock or participating in flyball tournaments.

Friendliness: The Texas Heeler gets along well with other dogs as well as children if properly socialized from a young age; however they may not do well with cats due to their strong herding instincts which could lead them to chase after them relentlessly! They’re also friendly towards strangers but may bark at them if they feel threatened by their presence so early socialization is important for this breed too!

Temperament: The Texas Heeler has an energetic temperament which makes it great for active families who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or running around the park together! They’re also very loyal companions who will stick by your side no matter what life throws your way; however they do need plenty of mental stimulation throughout the day so make sure you have plenty of toys available for them!

Health: Generally speaking the Texas Heeler is considered a healthy breed; however like all breeds there are certain health issues that may arise such as hip dysplasia or eye problems so regular vet checkups are recommended throughout their lifetime just like any other pet!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets: The adaptability level of the Texas Heeler varies depending on each individual dog; some may take longer than others to adjust to new environments while others may take less time than expected! However overall this breed does quite well when it comes to adapting quickly which makes them great pets for those who move around often due to work commitments etc… Additionally they make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness which means you won’t have any intruders sneaking up on you without being noticed first!


The Texas Heeler is a breed of dog that was developed in the state of Texas in the United States. The breed is a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd. The Texas Heeler is also known as the Blue Heeler, the Red Heeler, and the Queensland Heeler.

The Texas Heeler was developed in the 1800s to help with herding cattle on large ranches. The breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s when ranchers began using automobiles to herd cattle instead of dogs. However, a few Texas Heelers were kept as pets and eventually became popular again as a working dog on farms and ranches.

The ancestry of the Texas Heeler is unknown, but it is thought that the breed was developed from crosses between other herding dogs such as the Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, and Dalmatian. The Texas Heeler was recognized as a breed by the United Kennel Club in 1980.