By Josie April 12th, 2023
Are you ready to meet a dog breed that’s as dynamic as the state it’s named after?
The Texas Heeler is a mix between the Australian Shepherd and the Australian Cattle Dog.
This dog was originally bred in Australia to help farmers herd cattle in the harsh, unforgiving terrain of the Australian outback.
This breed was brought to the United States by Basque shepherds who immigrated from Europe to work in the American West.
As a result, the Texas Heeler can herd cattle, protect livestock, and work long hours without tiring.
It typically weighs between 30 to 50 pounds and stands around 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder.
Their size makes them agile and nimble enough to move quickly over rough terrain.
They are quick learners, able to pick up new commands and tasks with ease.
Texas Heelers are often described as “velcro dogs,” as they love to be close to their owners at all times.
This breed has a strong work ethic ingrained in its DNA.
Without enough exercise (at least 1 hour per day) they can become restless, anxious, and destructive.
Their grooming needs are relatively low maintenance, thanks to their short, dense coats.
Keep your Texas Heeler’s nails trimmed and ears clean to prevent any potential infections.