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Anonymous - 2010-07-04
I just adopted a Blue Heeler/Husky mix. I live in an apartment and she does just fine. I provide two long walks a day and she has toys. She is a VERY good girl. Doesn't chew up anything...is content to rest around the apt until she is walked. All around a fabulous dog. My first dog in 20 years!

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steve - 2010-06-19
We have two "Heelers", named Jondy and Jake. We got them from a rescue in Fresno, CA>, as 10 week old pups. Both were easy to house train, and except for the constant need to chew bones, shoes, plants, ETC. We sure love our cattle dogs! Both are VERY protective of the yard, and my wife and I. They also LOVE to go running with us when we ride our horses, but have never bothered the horses. If I could trust other folks horses we would take them on group rides as well.

Steve, Palmdale, CA.

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  • Veronica - 2010-06-28
    I was interested to read your post. My husband and I recently got a new puppy. She has Heeler in her. She also has Border Collie, lab and Scotch Collie. The BC is unmistakable in her, for she has the colouring and the patchy markings. She has the spotting of the blue heeler. Interested to learn more about any behavioural things you may have encountered with your Heelers. So far, ours is five months and training is coming along well. She loves everyone. She loves her older brother (a ten year-old American Eskimo), but tries to heard him. He doesn't seem to mind. But her ankle nipping is crazy. She doesn't really do it anymore with my husband, but for my seven year old son and I, she tends to go wild.

    We really love this dog and see that she's making a great family pet.
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Robin Yaro - 2010-06-12
We have 4 Heelers which we have had since they were all puppies. Pepper (13) is going selectivly deaf. Banshee and Ghost (10) and Rocky (3). They are the best dogs we have ever had. We got Banshee and Ghost as littermates and didn't find out until Ghost was about 4 that she had either been stepped on or kicked by a horse and had her pelvis fractured. Other than having problems getting up and down now, she is still active even with her handicap which is a testament to how resilient these dogs are. They are very protective even to the point of taking on a Rottwieler to protect my husband after his back surgery. I would not recommend a Heeler as a family pet. If they grow up with the children it might be different but they are a bit aloof and do not like to be handled unless it is on their terms. They can also be aggressive with people. We recently took on my daughters 2 dogs, both mixes (not heeler), and they integrated pretty well although Rocky is a bit agressive towards the other male.

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Luanne Root - 2010-04-27
We have a cattle dog/blue heeler mix named Quincy. He's 6 mo. old and wonderful. He's actually rather lazy for his breed. He sleeps 10 hours at night and always has since we got him at 3 mo. He housebroke really fast and is learning his obedience school lessons well. We always had Labs before but are really happy with him. He's a rescue dog and loves us and everyone else. I would recommend his breed.

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annabell - 2010-04-24
I have an australian shepherd cross australian cattle dog crow collie smooth really good at run protective when any one come to the door, shy around people she doesn't know, she's active, she's really sweet, gentle, loves to play, likes to chase rodents and rabbits, ok with dogs.

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Becky Brendle - 2010-03-09
I have a Blue Heeler, and she will be 2 years old in April. Her name is Sassy, and I love her very much.She has been herding since she was 8 weeks old. She is very smart,, and always wants to please me but here recently she has become more aggresive with the smaller goats. She wants them to stay in a certain area, and will not allow them to be with the herd. Should I be alarmed about this behavior.

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  • Em - 2010-04-27
    Unless she's showing actual aggression toward the smaller goats in a predatory fashion, I wouldn't worry about it. These dogs are smart and it's not all that rare to see them take a preference for sorting things into groups, whether it's people, their toys, or other animals. The big ones are different than the smaller ones. Keep an eye on her, but I've had dogs do this. One dog had such a drive to sort things that she would even pull rocks out of a river and sort them into large piles based on color.
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Joshua.M.V - 2010-03-07
We have a German Shephered Dog, male. We are on a look out for a short haired female dog. If anyone has for sale, pls inform.

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alice hamit - 2010-02-09
I have a Blue Heeler mixed with a Corgie and she is the best cow dog ever. She started when she was only 6 weeks old. She is my best friend and when we howl she howls too. It's so funny and my dad, who pretends to hate our pets, loves her. He says pet that dog like there's no tomorrow.

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Kristina - 2009-11-24
I had a shetland sheepdog and she was so wonderful! She could bring a smile to anyones face, that's what I love about her. Most of the stories I hear about shelties is that they are so playful but mine is actually really calm. Her favorite time of the year was winter because she got to play in the snow. :) Whenever I saw her, her face was covered in snow. The sad thing is that 2 days ago she died. I'm not sure what happened to her but she is no longer with us. I will never forget her, she meant everthing to me. I am hoping that soon I can either get another sheltie or an astralian shepherd

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Debbie Wallace - 2009-11-23
We have a Queensland Heeler, Mally. She is the best dog. She is now 10 years old and having hip problems, hearing problems, and vision problems. She has always been so active and loved to play ball, ALL DAY LONG. She has just worn out her hips. She has always been very loyal to our family and we have never had a problem with her. She is very smart and has learned very quick. She has loved to go bird hunting with my husband and retrieved his birds for him. We are sad as she is aging and getting to were she cannot get around. We will miss her, because she has been one of the best dogs that we have ever had. I would get another one in a heart beat. If you are questioning on whether to get one - they are great dogs. Just very active and need room to run.

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