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Old 09-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #11
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What sweet little pups, I don't think they are going to be at the shelter long!
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #12
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Bet they won't be there long either
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:46 PM   #13
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We started out with six and have the two short haired males left. One with a nub and one with a long tail. The girl pups always go faster, regardless of the breed mix.

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Old 09-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #14
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OMG, those are some cute pups!
I am new to the forum as well and found it in my search for a Texas Heeler pup. They seem the perfect dog for my families life style but..... They all (including many of the rescues seem to be in the south/TX) Any ideas??
For example, mmckee, would your shelter ever ship out of state??

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My dog closely resembles pictures I've seen of Texas heeler. I keep trying to label him because I know very little about his background except that he was rehomed many times.

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mtn yogi, welcome to the forum!

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:14 AM   #17
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Mt Yogi--Since Texas Heeler is not an actual breed, but a mix of Cattle dog and either border collie or Australian Shepherd. If you are looking for smart, eager to learn, with stamina and confidence those qualities can be found in most herding breeds. You might want to consider any mix of herding breeds. It's always helpful to look at the behavior and temperament to make sure the dog fits your lifestyle. If you are in CT, you might want to check the rural areas for herding dog mixes. I live in a ranching aream so lots of "ranch dogs" around here.
I'm learning a lot with my 7 month old "Texas Heeler". I have been a terrier person until now. Thankfully I have lots of friends through agility and other dog sports who are giving me training tips on how to best work with this high energy, busy, nip-at-heels pup. She is lots of fun, but she gets bored easily and need to keep her busy and out of trouble. So typical of herding breeds. We've already had one private session with our agility trainer, and last night she got to play a little bit at a beginning Rally class. We'll start basic manners and obedience in a couple weeks. She has been lots of fun the 2 1/2 weeks we've had her, and she really keeps us busy and on our toes around here.

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Thanks efc! You give me lots of food for thought! I had not really thought about looking into other herding breeds but will do some research now. I think the big reason I was drawn to the cattle dogs initially (other than the fact that they are cute!) is that they have short hair. I live in tick heaven, love hiking and want to minimize the amount of work I do grooming. I always have loved Aussie sheperds but would never have gotten one because of the hair. Then I found that people had started making hybrids of them!!! and the more I have read about them, the more perfect they seems
My swissy is technically a herding dog but I got to thinking that if she got hurt hiking in the back country with me I would never be able to carry her out (a cattle dog size animal I could carry!) Plus, I am loving agility and my husband would love a running companion. So, I think we will be able to keep a high energy dog busy
So, I will do some research into other short haired herding dogs and keep looking for a TH breeder

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mtn yogi, you may want to try a rescue group as well. I'm sure you'll find plenty that are looking for a forever home.

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:11 PM   #20
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I know we are off the topic of shipping shelter dogs but there are quite a few southern shelters that ship dogs up North because breeds that are a dime a dozen down here are uncommon and desired up there. We are working on making those connections with our shelter soon.
I adore herding breeds myself. We just got in two blue merle short coat aussie/border collie mixes. They were surrendered by a 'breeder' (clearly not a good one because their coats are too short and their tails are long) who wasn't able to sell them and wanted to thin out his 'stock'. There are two more waiting at animal control until we have the room to bring them over. All under 3

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