OH Breeder said:
My nephew had 9 heeler pups a week ago. This is our first experience with Heelers. Parents are both blue. Any advice? 7 Boys and 2 girls. I will have to get you all some pictures of them.
I was going to be "funny" and ask what sort of mutation your nephew is that he has had pups!!! (lol) But, seriously, anyone considering a Heeler needs to be sure they really know and understand the breed. Number one: they need a JOB. A job that keeps them active/tired and onethat they can use their doggie brains on. They tend to be a tough, hard kiind of dog and although I never advocate physically knocking a dog around, I've seen Heelers that can use a little of that to get their attention. They can be hard biting cattle dogs which is wonderful in a feedlot, rodeo, or big country situation. The best rodeo bull fighting dog I've ever seen was mostly Heeler with a little Pit Bull thrown in! He loved his people but I don't think there was a bull that got away with anything with him!
All that said, I've also seen Heelers competing in obedience, rally, and agility. It's not necessarily the "kind" of job, it's that they "have" a job. They do have tremendous herding instinct and will herd just about anything including small children, cats, other dogs ....well, you get the picture. Be sure who ever adopts them KNOWS the breed and has a plan. There are lots of Heelers and other herding dogs that end up in rescue not because they're "bad" dogs - but because owners don't understand them and weren't correctly advised when they bought them. They're also intensely loyal and will protect their people and property "vigorously".
I personally love 'em. I'm anxiously awaiting y our pics!