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Old 04-05-2011, 08:32 AM
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Smile New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

First of all I want to introduce myself. My name is Matt this will be my first post as this is my first Rottie even if she is a mix. I am a truck driver and me and my wife rescued this young girl to be my companion on the road.
About her. Like I said Rottie blue heeler mix. Looks total Rott in coloring a mix of both in body build. As far as temp and personality I'm not sure.
History on this little girl. She 9 months old no social skills with other animals but plenty with people. She seems to be loved but was kePt outside alot her previous owner did not want to give her up cried when she left. Reason we got her is the wOmans neighbors (did not get full story I think) were maybe rottie racists they were threatening the lady they would shoot her dog even though she was on her chain when outside. That's all she told me. I was worried she had bad attitude and bad habits. So far very pleasent attitude. My wife took her to her parents house and they have 2 pit mixs and at first she was scared and wanted to fight. Figured new home and new dogs. When her dad got home he took her leash and worked with her with his dogs and within 3 hrs she was finally playing with them still some snapping and growling occasionall but played for hrs last night. I have read quite a few posts herd about rotts and well I was hoping for insight on the temperament of this mc I know it's quite common. And some of the best ways to train her.
She is a very sweet loving dog loves attention and very pretty at 9 months she already weighs in at around 50lbs and about 24 inches tall. As I said new owner to this type of breed and looking for advice and help. I know she is smart with what my wife has been doing with her learned down sit and come commands last night.
Thanks advance for any help
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:26 PM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

Wow lots of help thanx
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:07 PM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

Hi Matt, welcome to the forums. First off thanks so much for taking this girl and giving her a great new home.

I never even saw this post initially. Hopefully it just got missed and some others will chime in.

I have never owned a heeler and know a little about them. We have a member on here texasclorenz. She has rotties and heelers. You might want to start by reading her posts. She talks alot about both breeds and it might help give you some insight.

I do know heelers, just like rotties are working dogs.

The most important thing...as with any breed is obedience. Your girl ( and what is her name?) at nine months old should be starting obedience asap. This is a great way to bond with her and figure out what areas she needs the most work in.

Being as rotties and heelers are both working breed dogs you want to make sure your girl gets plenty of exercise. This is key. A bored dog, is a destructive, unhappy dog.

We have three dogs, a rottie, a rottie mix and a gsd mix. There has been much guess work on what our gsd is mixed with, but with the white ticking in areas concensus seems to be some type of heeler or cattle dog. I would tend to agree, she is my little energizer bunny ( with issues) and I can attest that if she wasn't taxed both physically and mentally she would bounce off the walls.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:49 AM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

I have had an Aussie/Rottie mix and a current shelter rescue who looks to be full rottie but could be mixed. The breed is a working breed and also craves lots of attention. They are a very sweet and loyal breed and given the right owners you will never want another. Be prepared to work her, giving her lots of exercise and attention. She will adore you when you give her praise and kind gestures. As you are a trucker you will need to socialize her with others and find time to exercise her. She will be your very best friend if you treat her with the respect she deserves and admire her for the spirit she was born with.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:47 AM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

I think she'll do really well, as you are able to spend a lot of time with her, as you intend to have her as a travel buddy. Dogs in general like to be with their owners as much as possible, so it sounds like a good set up.

I grew up on a farm in Australia, and we always had a blue cattle dog (along with kelpies), which were used for stock work. They are quite an energetic breed. Some were a bit funny about other dogs ie wanted to be top dog, and didn't like strange dogs. They are very loyal and affectionate to their owners and family. As they grew up they became less friendly with strangers though, but warmed up once they knew them. They are pretty smart dogs (as most working dogs are). That sort of sounds like a rottweiler as well, I think! Obviously individuals vary, so you can't really generalise...

I would second the previous poster's advise about getting her into obedience training. Even if your dog is pretty obedient about her commands already, its not just about that - it is a good way for her to be socialised with other dogs and people. Socialisation is not just about playing well with other dogs (altho my Sammy would beg to differ!). If your job means that your schedule is erratic, just go when you can.

Other than that, just do all the usual stuff - exercise, NILIF, and enjoy her loads.

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:59 AM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

Dark302boss - you probably did not get replies right away because, as a novice member, your postings are delayed for review. Then, you are asking specifically about a mix that not only do most of us not have experience with but few of us have experience with the breed she is mixed with.

That said, there is a ton of information along the lines you are asking already posted in the threads already here. Once you have read through a number of those and have worked with your new friend a bit, you will have specific questions. You will find more and faster answers when there is a specific question.

As far as her being defensive against new dogs, having been tied up in her previous owner's yard, it might be, if there was no fence, that she was at the mercy of any stray dog that wanted to come over and bother her. Being tied, she had no way to escape from a dog she was afraid of or didn't like so pretty much was forced into fighting to defend herself, even as a pre-emptive strike. (One of the manhy reasons RDN'ers are against tying a dog out)

Sounds like she has good recoverability if she improved with a little work so quickly.

Have a great time with your new friend!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

Thank u for the responses she is now playing well with the other dogs I mentioned and unlike the other two dogs (daisy) will stop at her name if they start chasing a squirrel other than a very small bladder And not knowing to alert us she is doing very well. Will post updates as I can. Again thanx
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:04 AM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

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other than a very small bladder And not knowing to alert us she is doing very well. Will post updates as I can. Again thanx
If you are getting too frequent need to urinate, she may have a urinary tract infection which is quite painful. Get that checked by your vet.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:46 PM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

Hi!I have owned both breeds for almost 30yrs. Heelers are one of the most common dogs in East Texas (I see you are in Arkansas) Heelers have a few things in common with Rotties- they both have a herding instinct (the Heeler much more so)
and they both develop strong attachments to their humans and don't do well living as an outside dog.
I've seen one other litter of this mix. Some of the pups seemed to have the Heeler personality- ZOOM! Hyperactive, extremely alert, while some had a more laid back "wait & see" attitude of the Rottie. Having both breeds living together, it has always seemed the Rotties started to act like the Heeler or maybe it is because my Heelers won't let the Rotties nap as much as they want to Both breeds need structure & obedience training. Being both working breeds, they were bred to think for themselves. Both are eager to do a job for you and both take their jobs very seriously.
I agree with a previous poster, on the aggression issue- if a dog is chained, it is almost always more aggressive! IMO- chaining a pure Heeler would drive the poor dog crazy! I'm so happy you have this poor dog and she is off her chain! She will attach herself to you & always want to be near.
Both are good at guarding the property. The Heeler in her may make her a little more noisy than a Rottie would normally be, but Rotties make a grumbling sound (not a growl) they are just talking. Both breeds are very talkative! The Heelers make a sound called the shreik, the Rotties make a grumbling sound. (It gets pretty noisy in here sometimes) I always know if someone is pulling in my driveway. Please post a pic as soon as you are allowed! I can't wait to see her! If you would like to learn more about Heelers, go to AuCaDo.com
It is a forum for Cattledogs. You can use my name as a referral- TexasCDLorenz
Keep posting- I want to hear more about this girl & thank you so much for rescuing her from that chain! You have two of the smartest & most interesting breeds of dogs- all rolled up in one! You are the most important thing in her life now- treat her right and she will always make you happy.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:03 PM
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Re: New owner of Rottie and blue heeler mix

I see Cindy has chimed in already. She's perhaps our resident expert on heelers, here. Your girl sounds lovely, and I'm happy she will be having a better life. Bless you and your wife for bringing her in. I noticed you said she'd be traveling with you. It's such a lovely thought! She can be the co-pilot! You might be interested in getting a Ruff Rider | Dog Seatbelts | Car Safety Harnesses and Pet Safety seatbelt harness for her. AS you can see from the pictire, there is a built in lead, to which you can clip a longer lead if you wish. I find these a godsend for travel, as I have 3 dogs. Three crates would be too cumbersome for me. There are crash tested and you have 3 settings: lying, sitting, and able to stand depending on which place you insert the car's seatbelt. Just something for you to consider., I can scarcely wait to hear your adventures! Hey! I was just noticing the new color change to yellow. Mine are red.
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