Bred for the first time roughly thirty years ago, the German shepherd-blue heeler mixed-breed dog is both gorgeous and a great family dog. This hybrid dog is loyal, hard-working, very smart, and dedicated.
They can also be very willful, but that doesn’t change the fact that they can be a great addition to your family if you learn ahead of time what to expect from them.
Both the German shepherd and the blue heeler—also called the Australian cattle dog—are beautiful and strong animals, so the hybrid dog is nothing short of spectacular.
Blue Heeler Mix German Shepherd
When you get a hybrid dog, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which parent the dog is going to take after, but both the blue heeler and the German shepherd have pleasant dispositions and lots of energy and enthusiasm.
If this is a dog you’re considering adding to your family, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I prepared for this dog’s grooming needs? German shepherds shed in the spring, and if your hybrid dog shares this trait, you’ll have to be prepared to bathe and brush the dog on a regular basis, but especially in the spring.
- Am I prepared to supervise the dog when it’s around small children? Not all German shepherd-blue heeler hybrids need to be watched when they’re around kids, but some of them do. This is because some of them have high energy levels and can get overly rambunctious around active children.
- Am I looking for a guard dog? Some people want a guard dog to protect their home and family more than anything else. If this is one of the characteristics you’re looking for in a pet, then this hybrid dog is perfect for you.
- Am I willing to do what it takes so the dog isn’t bored? Boredom can result in aggressive and even destructive behavior in this dog, so you have to be prepared to offer it physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. These dogs have lots of energy!
- Is my lifestyle compatible with this dog’s lifestyle? If you love having a dog sit on your lap as you watch TV show after TV show, the German shepherd-blue heeler mix dog is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re active most of the time and don’t mind your dog tagging along, they can be the perfect companion for you and your family.
It’s a good idea to visit the breeder and “meet” your future family member before deciding whether or not to bring it home.
Remember, there are some differences between these two breeds, so a lot of the dog’s personality will depend on which parent they’re most like. Talking to the breeder and learning more about the hybrid dog can help you decide whether or not you want to take it home.
The Full-Grown German Shepherd Heeler Mix: What to Expect
If you’re curious about some basic stats regarding this hybrid dog, here are a few for you to ponder:
- They can weigh between 30 and 95 pounds.
- They can get between 18 and 26 inches in size.
- They have medium double coats.
- They normally live 7–16 years.
- They are not usually good around young children but are fine around older kids.
- Their coats are so dark in color that they have a bluish tint.
- They are smart, protective, loyal, and full of energy, and they are sometimes a little stubborn.
German shepherd-blue heeler mixed-breed dogs usually work hard and play hard. They can help you work outside in the yard but might also choose to dig holes in the yard if they get bored. They might also chew on your furniture or shoes or even scratch the wallpaper if they’re bored. This is why providing them with lots of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis is so important.
As a general rule, you won’t want to leave this hybrid dog alone for too many hours. If you do, they can exhibit the same destructive behavior they do when they’re bored.
Because of this, if you have a job that requires you to work long hours on a regular basis or if you travel a lot, this is not the dog you want. You’d be better off choosing another breed of dog.
Not All Breeders Are Alike
One of the questions people ask a lot when looking for hybrid dogs is, how do I choose the right breeder? It’s easier now to do this than it was in the past because you can do a lot of your research online.
When (not if) you visit them in person, look for clean kennels and dogs that have enough room to play in and roam around when they feel the need.
You’ll want a breeder that both does a good job with the actual breeding and cares about the litter afterward. If you ask them questions and they don’t have a satisfactory answer or you’re unhappy with their answer, this is usually a red flag.
A reputable breeder is happy to show you around the kennels, answer your questions, and much more. If they’re hesitant, it’s best to choose another breeder.
Most reputable breeders are also willing to provide you with a few references, which allows you to get honest answers from people who have actually purchased a dog from them. Keep in mind that this is also a fairly new hybrid dog, so it might take you a while to find a breeder that offers this type of dog. There may not even be one in your direct area.
The German shepherd-blue heeler hybrid dog is a strong, athletic, aesthetically pleasing dog that can make a great addition to your home, especially if you lead an active lifestyle and you’re willing to provide the dog with the right amount of physical and mental stimulation every day. These are loyal and friendly dogs, but they have tons of energy that seems never to go away.
These hybrid dogs also live up to around 16 years, so if you take good care of them, they can be with you for a very long time.