The Blue Heeler Rottweiler Mix Guide

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The Blue Heeler is one of the most versatile breeds out there. Because of its intelligence and ability to learn, as well as its long lifespan, it is mixed with several other breeds to create popular breed mixes.

One of those popular choices is the Blue Heeler Rottweiler mix. There is a lot to like about this breed, including a hard-working attitude, low maintenance, and high intelligence coupled with great physical traits.

Mix Characteristics

Both classes of dog are known as working dogs. They both are considered to be vigilant, loyal, fearless, energetic, and intelligent. In terms of appearance, Blue Heelers are more of a medium-sized dog with black streaks and blue bottle double coats. The Rottweiler, on the other hand, has big bodies that feature black double coats.

The mix is both strong and intelligent, and would make for highly effective guards and herders. They have the appearance traits of both parents, though their temperament comes largely from their parents’ personalities as well as their upbringings.

Their Appearance

As is the case with any breed, the Blue Heeler Rottweiler mix can be difficult to predict as far as their appearance. They are two purebred dogs, which makes it even more difficult to predict what they will look like.

Some Blueweilers, as they are known, can look more like the Blue Heeler while others will look closer to a Rottweiler. There are also some that look as though they are the perfect combo of their parents. For the most part, however, they will inherit the height of the Rottweiler with the cute looks that the Blue Heeler possesses.

It is also common for a Blueweiler to inherit either dark colored eyes (Rottweilers) or blue eyes (Blue Heeler). Just be open minded about what the breed would look like but you will definitely see characteristics of both breeds.

Size, Weight, and Coat

There is a sizable range as far as how big a Blueweiler will get. They can be a medium or large dog that can weigh anywhere from 40 to 85 pounds. In terms of height, they can stand anywhere between 18 and 27 inches tall. You can safely expect the females to be smaller and to weigh less.

They will also have a medium-length coat on average, though they can also be quite a bit shorter as well. They will generally have the tan and black colors that Rottweilers have with some of the similar leg markings as well.

That said, they can definitely have some of the bluish color that the Blue Heeler brings to the table. You can see the combination of colors in the puppies of this mix in particular. Even within the same litter, the appearance of this breed can vary greatly.

Temperament

With any kind of designer dog – that is, a specific type of breed mix – their temperament can be a little bit difficult to predict. But for the most part, you can expect your Blueweiler to be loyal and loving, just as both parents are.

The Blueweiler is very protective, partially due to the instincts that come from the Rottweiler parent. The mix is also a fantastic companion, very affectionate and loyal to their owner. They will show you as much love as you show them.

Because of their herding instincts, they are quite protective over their owners and also very wary of strangers. Make sure to keep them away from strangers and to introduce them slowly so that you can get them acclimated.

Socializing this breed is important. They can get along with not only other pets, but kids as well so long as they have proper socializing. They also need to be given exercise regularly, so if you don’t think you are capable of keeping up, it might not be the best breed to go with.

Another great trait of the Blueweiler is that they are quite eager to please. They want to follow your directions and to do things right, so make sure to heap on the praise and positive reinforcement if you are in the training period especially.

They are also prone to separation anxiety. If you leave them alone for long periods of time, they are likely not going to be happy about it. Finding toys and other means of keeping them distracted or entertained can be the best way to handle those long periods of separation.

Good Family Dog

When they have the proper level of training and socialization, the Blue Heeler Rottweiler mix can make for a great family dog. They crave a lot of attention and like being around people, especially their owners. That said, they should still be supervised around kids, especially small kids and those who are unfamiliar with your dog in particular.

The breed can be affectionate, playful, and warm once they get familiar with their surroundings. If they are outside of their territory and aren’t familiar with other dogs or people, they don’t present as the friendliest breed in the world.

Take caution and heed around people and pets that are unfamiliar to your Blueweiler. Because of their size and protective demeanor, they are not afraid to battle with those they deem a threat to the people that are important to them. Keep that in mind when bringing them outside.

Conclusion

Combining the Blue Heeler with another breed, particularly one such as the Rottweiler, can produce some very desirable results. This type of mixed breed will be very loyal, intelligent and protective, particularly of their owners.

They can have a unique aesthetic that no other breed can quite match. If you are looking for a mix that has a great list of qualities and one of the most unique aesthetics around, the Blueweiler is hard to top.