The Breed of Queensland HeelerWe raise Queensland Heelers. A working cattle dog breed that also makes a great family pet or companion and quite often live to be 14 or 15 years old (some as old as 18-20 yrs). Our Queensland Heelers are registered with Working Cattle Dog World Registry, LLC. Queensland Heelers are not registered through AKC or even CKC, and never have been. Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD), which are basically Queensland Heelers with the tails left in tact, are now AKC and CKC recognized and can simply be traced to a specific line of Queensland Heelers in Australia. In the 1980's, someone decided they would accept, for registration, this fine breed of dog, but would only agree to register a particular line of them and only accepted those that could be traced all the way back to this line of heelers in Australia... and excluded the rest of the population of the Queensland Heeler breed, deeming only this line, as registerable and renamed them Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD). People often confuse the two breeds, Queensland Heeler and ACD, because they used to be the same breed and they are virtually the same dog.
Our Dogs are Queensland Heelers. Their tails are docked at 3 days old (unless requested to leave the tail) which is standard procedure for Queensland Heelers. We will be happy to leave the tail but it is not "standard" for the breed. We are asking $375 for our pups and that will include papers to register them with WCDWR, their first puppy shot and deworming. Their ears stand up between 3 weeks and about 3 months of age depending upon which of my females you get a pup from. Aniston's line usually has ears standing up by about 3 weeks of age.
Queensland heelers are born white and change to red or blue at a few weeks old...the puppies are sold first come, first serve, by reservation or availability. Keep in mind that because they are all white at birth, it is sometimes tough to guarantee, at such a young age, what color they will be, but usually I can tell the red from the blue by a spot here and there... or the ears...it is the tri-color that gets me on occasion, with a brown spot and a black spot at the ears/eyes, as it is hard to tell which color they will turn. Usually a black spot around the eye or ear indicates a blue pup and a brown spot indicates a red one. You may certainly opt out of a pup if it turns a color you were not expecting and wait for the next litter.
...these pups sell fast and there aren't usually any left after about 3 days old. Most folks pick the female they like and pick from the pictures after looking at mom and dad and the pups once they are born, along with the information regarding color and gender available when each litter is born. Tails are docked at 3 days old (unless requested to keep the tail on a "paid in full" pup). The pups will have first shots at 6 weeks old, just before they go home and will be eating puppy chow with fresh egg. Deworming will also be done to each litter (all pups have some worms at birth), but it is always a good idea to do it again once you get your pup home. All my males and females are dewormed and defleaed regularly (we use Frontline or Advantix II, and each female is dewormed and defleaed just before whelping and dewormed again with her pups a couple of weeks after they are born.
Please take care with your new puppy with regard to Parvo. Parvo stays in the ground and on carpeting/flooring for years, sometimes. If you are traveling home after picking up your pup, remember, he/she has only had one shot and will need 3-4 boosters about 2-3 weeks apart. Please don't stop at a rest stop or gas station and let your pup down on the grass or dirt there...it is a breeding ground for Parvo...everyone stops at rest stops and gas stations and lets their dogs out to go. If you feel your pup needs out, stop at a remote farmland area, and pull to the side of the road, on dirt probably not used by anyone else, and let your pup down there. Be careful taking your puppy places, until he/she has finished the series of booster shots...stay away from dog parks or friend's homes (unless you know for sure they have never had a dog with Parvo there), as Parvo is a killer.
Keep your new pup in your arms, if in doubt...