Are you looking for information about Blue Heeler puppies? Also referred to as Australian Cattle Dogs and Queensland Heelers, Blue Heelers are wonderful and versatile dogs. Whether you are looking for a loyal canine companion that is highly intelligent, a skilled hunting dog with excellent instincts or a working dog that can help keep a large herd of cattle in check, you can't go wrong with this breed. These dogs do, however, have dominant personalities and strong herding instincts. Make sure that you are fully aware of what it's like to live with a herding dog before you decide to bring a Blue Heeler pup into your home.
Blue Heeler Background
Blue Heelers are true herding dogs. They were originally bred specifically for the purpose of providing assistance to Australian cattle ranchers who needed help keeping large herds together. Blue Heelers are compact and strong. They typically stand between 17 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 30 and 45 pounds when fully grown. Their signature herding technique is to nip at the heels of the cows in order to move them in the desired direction. This tendency to nip at the heels is where the "heeler" part of the name comes from.
The "blue" part of the name comes from the fact that their coats feature the unique merle combination of black and white hairs that appears to be dark blue. While the name is partially derived from coat color, it is important to note that the coats of Blue Heelers are not uniform in appearance. While there is some blue merle present on each dog, their coats can also include brown and are often described as patchy or mottled.
Blue Heeler Personality Characteristics
As with other herding breeds, Blue Heelers are extraordinarily loyal and intelligent canines. They are very alert and tend to have dominant personalities and obstinate streaks. Additionally, while they are relatively compact in size, they are quite strong and have extraordinary stamina. As puppies, they love to chew. For these reasons, it's important to begin obedience training with Blue Heeler puppies when they are very young whether they will be family pets or working dogs.
It's important to remember that, while Blue Heelers can be trained fairly easily, you can't remove herding instincts from their nature. If you don't live on a farm where your dog has a herd of cattle to protect, your family and any other pets that you have will become the animal's herd by default. Your dog will watch over you with great loyalty and affection -- but if you don't do what he wants -- he just might nip at your heels. On the flip side, you can be confident that your Blue Heeler will be quite protective of your family and your household in all situations.
Where to Find Blue Heeler Puppies
The Australian Cattle Dog Club America (ACDA) is the American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club for this breed. The organization provides a referral directory that is a good place to begin a search for reputable breeders that specialize in Blue Heeler puppies. The directory is organized by state, and this makes it easy for you to locate a breeder near your geographic area. Of course, many breeders will ship puppies to new homes, so you don't have to limit your search to your home state.
The listed breeders have all paid a fee to be included in the ACDA's directory and have signed the organization's code of ethics as a condition of being included. As with any attempt to purchase a purebred puppy, no matter how you find a kennel you should still conduct your own due diligence. Be certain that the breeder you are considering working with follows appropriate, ethical breeding practices and that the puppies and parent dogs have been properly cared for, in terms of both living conditions and veterinary care.