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Sounds like two smart, loyal breeds combined in one.
I agree. I've never owned a lab but we had several heelers growing up. They were fun, athletic dogs with great personalities. Definitely exercise them because ours would chew stuff like crazy when they got bored.






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Topwater Trout
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now that is one cute puppy





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meauxjeaux2
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The crate training was the simplest thing I've ever done with a dog.
We call it "her house".
When we're going away and need her in it she'll run to it on command al lthe way from the other side of the house and sit and wait in it till we come in to lock it.
It's because she knows she'll get a milk bone.



you can see the pen on the left next to our old heeler Wyatt.






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windmill
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I've had several while I 've had cattle and horses. Prepare to be loved by a very loyal dog that will do anything to please you. It's is not unusual to have one that is black as your's is and then change to be salt and pepper colored before six months. I had one that had ten puppies that were all black and all changed to salt and pepper in a short time. Great looking dog!





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Springfield XD
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That dog will be smart aand energenic. Like nutso if you don't train and play with it enough.





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Yewkindewit
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Hello Cooper ill fella!





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htownjeep
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That dog will be smart aand energenic. Like nutso if you don't train and play with it enough.

Again, just like every lab I've ever had growing up or owned as an adult. They sound very similar.

I've been reading where average heelers are 40-60 lbs, is that about right? All of my labs have been 80-110 so I'm guessing he'll fall somewhere in the middle after full grown. Guessing 60-80?






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Yewkindewit
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Rescued a 10 yr old red heeler. He was awesome, behaved just like an old buddy, followed me around and never got in the way. Loved to just sit nearby and was happy doing that. He would confront anyone coming into the yard by barking some and watching them. Never bit, just challenged folks.





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meauxjeaux2
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behaved just like an old buddy, followed me around and never got in the way. Loved to just sit nearby and was happy doing that. He would confront anyone coming into the yard by barking some and watching them. Never bit, just challenged folks.


this is every heeler.

They call them "Velcro Dogs" because they just have to be everywhere with you. Will get severely depressed and destructive if you leave them and they don't think you'll be back very soon.






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htownjeep
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followed me around and never got in the way.

He's already started doing this with me and we just got him on Saturday. If I leave the room without him he whimpers.

Thanks for all of the compliments! We really love him and I'm happy to hear all of the good stuff about heelers in this thread. I know the good/bad of labs but it sounds like they are very similar (energy, smartness, loyalty, need for exercise etc).






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tigers102886
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I have a female that is just over a year old that weighs in the 40-45 lbs range.

Bully sticks are like crack to mine and help a lot with the chewing. Don't waste any money on stuffed animals. This is pretty much what happens within the first 5-10 minutes mine gets a hold of one:






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meauxjeaux2
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Don't waste any money on stuffed animals.


Mine goes right for the squeeker and has it surgically removed in the first 30 minutes of ownership.


You will find that heelers are a different kind of smart than labs.
Not saying they are better or smarter,just a different kind of smart. A purely inbred,instinctual kind of smart you won't find in any other dog.
Maybe it's the Dingos they're bred with that makes them like this.






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tigers102886
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Yeah, squeakers come out first, then the stuffing, and then the stuffed animal is ripped into pieces. Don't believe the tuff or indestructible labels on the "stronger" stuffed animals, either. There hasn't been one that has survived my Heeler. Her first bed has also been reduced to nothing but the cover.





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htownjeep
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So the patio furniture cushions' fate has already been sealed?





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meauxjeaux2
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Don't believe the tuff or indestructible labels on the "stronger" stuffed animals, either. There hasn't been one that has survived my Heeler. Her first bed has also been reduced to nothing but the cover.

dude,you have me fricking dying over here.
That's mine to the tee1. Petco,"Indestructable toys" Brought my girl in there,got a sales associate who told me the one I bought her must have been "defective" Went and got another one and she had the squeeker popped in 2 minutes and out in 10.







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777Tiger
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So the patio furniture cushions' fate has already been sealed?


mine wasn't that destructive, and all of that went away once he got out of the puppy phase, he's fairly laid back for a heeler






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777Tiger
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meauxjeaux2

that face looks a lot like my heelers', except his Bentley mark is down closer to his eyes, nice spec, BTW






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tigers102886
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All of my furniture has been safe for the most part, except for minor chewing when she was a puppy. She mostly just rips up anything that's hers.

I quit buying the stuffed animals a long time ago. My girlfriend continues to buy them with the hopes of finding that one which will not be ripped to shreds.






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Topwater Trout
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I love that pic





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meauxjeaux2
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Bentley mark
most people don't know about that

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that face looks a lot like my heelers
Cheyenne has a skinny face.
Man,you shoulda seen the fine specimen I adopted.
His name was Wyatt.
Had to put him down in my front yard one morning.He walked outside,laid down and started convulsing and stopped breathing.

His head and body was perfect shape.
I adopted him from some chick who used to post here.



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