The Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix is a designer dog breed that makes an excellent family dog.
It’s also known as the Pit Heeler, Bull Heeler, Blue Pit Cattle Terrier, Blue Terrier, Bull Pit Heeler, Red Pit Cattle Terrier, Red Terrier, and Queensland Pit.
From feeding and grooming to training and playtime, we explore all the information you need to get to know this sweet new breed in this article.
Where did the Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix originate?
Descendents of herding dogs, cattle dogs, and wild dingoes, the goal was to create a breed that could handle Australia’s remote, rough, and tumble landscapes. And that’s how the Pit Heeler dog breed was born.
Ranchers brought them from Australia to America due to their desirable traits. But as a relatively new breed, there’s not much information available on their origin and history.
Having said that, it should come as no surprise that the AKC (American Kennel Club) does not officially recognize the breed. However, the DRA (Dog Registry of America) does.
Two of their most notable ancestors include the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Australian Cattle Dog or ‘Blue Heeler.’
American Pit Bull Terrier
The Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix is a crossbreed that is half Australian Cattle Dog and half American Pitbull Terrier.
They rose in popularity as a cross between bulldogs and terriers, as the name suggests. These dogs are loyal, obedient, and loving but can be stubborn. They were primarily fighting dogs.
Australian Cattle Dog or ‘Blue Heeler’
The Australian Cattle Dog, more commonly known as the Blue Heeler, is a working dog that was primarily used for herding cattle.
They share their origins with Red Heelers and are active, intelligent, loyal, and protective by nature. Heelers got their name for nipping at the heels of cattle while herding them.
What does a Pit Heeler look like?
The Pit Heeler has a strong, muscular body that is longer than it is tall. They have thick, muscular necks and their heads are rounded, similar to their Pitbull ancestor.
The head is wide between the cheeks with powerful jaws that meet in a scissors bite.
There is a slight curve between the ears with a definite stop. They have slightly pointed ears that are high on the head and are sometimes cropped.
They stand erect when the dog is alert. Their medium-sized, oval-shaped eyes are brown in color and their noses are black, brown, or blue.
Like the Blue Heeler, they have a strong back and deep, broad, muscular chest with broad hindquarters. They have round feet with short toes.
Some Pit Heelers may have shorter loins or a narrowed torso towards the tail, like the Pitbull.
Their tails are somewhat curved and taper and thin towards the end. They hold their tails at a moderately low level, and it is never docked.
Size: How big will a Pitbull and Blue Heeler mix get?
Most Blue Heeler Pitbull mix puppies mature between 12 and 18 months old. Full-grown Pit Heelers can measure between 17 to 24 inches tall (43-60 cm) and weigh between 30 and 60 pounds (13-27 kg).
Whilst male dogs may occasionally be 1 inch taller, and between 5 to 10 pounds (2-4 kg) heavier than females, there is rarely any difference in size between the two sexes.
Because they are active dogs with high exercise needs, they are not suitable for apartment living. Mental and physical stimulation is crucial to reduce destructive behavior.
Unless you give them thorough exercise every day, and even throughout the day, they need large grounds where they can naturally burn energy.
What is the Pit Heeler’s coat like?
The Pit Heeler’s coat is short, wavy, and dense. It comes in various base colors with greasy, striped, spotted, stained, or blue mottled markings. These base colors include:
Because their coat is so thick, you need to keep Pit Heelers cool under warm weather conditions.
For a better idea of the grooming process of this dog breed, see the video below.
Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix temperament: do they make good family dogs?
An individual dog’s parentage, environment, and socialization will largely dictate their temperament.
Because they are not purebred dogs, they can inherit any of the characteristics of their Blue Heeler and Pitbull Terrier ancestors.
But generally speaking, the Pit Heeler’s sweet, loving, and protective nature gives it the reputation of being a loyal family dog. They are highly intelligent and need mental stimulation as part of their daily routine.
Some dogs may be more loyal and protective, while others are more friendly and playful. Some may be more aloof and suspicious of strangers, and possibly even aggressive without proper socialization.
By nature, they tend to nip and bite, so we don’t recommend them for households with young children.
They are intelligent, obedient dogs who are eager to please their owners. And while they don’t bark a lot, they have moderate to high prey drive, so you should monitor them when around small animals.
They can get along well with other pets if they are raised alongside them.
Pit Heelers are strong and active dogs who enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, running, agility training, and swimming.
This isn’t the type of dog who does well if you leave them alone, as they can become bored, lonely, and restless.
As we mentioned before, there’s little to no difference between male and female dogs. Pit Heelers, in general, can make great companions and excellent family pets.
Is a Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix dog dangerous?
The Blue Heeler Pitbull mix is protective and loving of their family and can be suspicious of strangers as a result.
However, if they are well-trained and socialized with other people and animals from a young age, they can be friendly and get along well.
Whilst their Pitbull ancestor has a reputation of being aggressive and dangerous, in reality, they have stable temperaments. So much so that their friendliness is similar to the famous golden retriever.
As we mentioned before, they can get along well with other cats and dogs that they accept as part of their pack. But their prey drive may not make them a good match for a household with small animals such as hamsters.
Raising a Pit Heeler alongside other pets could help ease their separation anxiety, as these dogs don’t enjoy being alone for long periods of time.
Because this breed is naturally obedient and eager to please, they are fairly easy to train. However, they are strong-willed and therefore need a firm hand during training.
Owners should keep in mind that they don’t respond well to aggression. They need positive reinforcement instead and are better off with experienced dog owners.
Are Pitbull-Blue Heeler mixes high maintenance dogs?
Because of their thick coats, Pit Heelers don’t do well in warm climates. They do better in neutral to cool weather conditions.
They tend to shed more in colder seasons, but luckily, they don’t need much grooming and maintenance.
Exercising your Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix
Like their Pitbull and Blue Heeler parent breeds, Pit Heelers are energetic dogs with high energy levels and need a high amount of exercise to match.
As an intelligent breed, they require mental stimulation as much as physical stimulation.
You should try to give them at least 45 to 60 minutes of exercise and other canine sports every single day to keep them happy and healthy.
Grooming: Do Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix dogs shed?
Whilst the Blue HeelerPitbulldog mix is not hypoallergenic, you don’t need to worry about excess shedding.
They are not heavy shedders and have minimal grooming requirements. You only need to brush them once a week and bathe them occasionally.
Unless, of course, they begin to smell or have had a particularly messy outdoor play session!
You need to clip their nails roughly every 2-3 months. This will depend on how much exercise they get and whether their nails are naturally worn down.
You need to clean their teeth at least 2-3 times every week, though daily is ideal. You should also wipe down their ears every week to avoid ear infections and mites.
This breed doesn’t need any special equipment apart from the usual bowls, brushes, leash, and standard grooming accessories.
But they would greatly appreciate lots of toys, especially those that encourage activity and make them think.
What and how much to feed a Blue Heeler and Pitbull Mix?
Like many other dogs, the Pit Heeler requires a diet that is high in fats and animal protein in order to complement their active, high-energy lifestyle.
Especially with their naturally muscular stature. And puppies will have even higher demands while growing.
Their diet should be high in vitamins, minerals, chondroitin, and glucosamine to ensure good musculoskeletal health.
Pitbull Blue Heeler mix puppies need a minimum of 22% protein and 8% fat with three meals a day.
Adult Pit Heelers need a minimum of 18% protein and 5% fat incorporated into their diet.
They also need three meals a day, but you could feed them a reduced number of two meals a day if they are not active, working dogs.
Health problems your Pit Heeler may have
The average life expectancy for this breed is 12 to 15 years. And while the Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix is a healthy, active dog, there are several potential health concerns that may affect your dog at some point in their life.
Like many other active dog breeds, hip dysplasia is one of the main health problems that can affect your Pit Heeler. Other common health concerns for this breed include:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Skin problems and complaints
- Congenital heart defects
- Congenital Hereditary Sensorineural Deafness (CHSD)
You should send your dog for regular health check-ups in order to stay up-to-date on their medical conditions.
These should include x-rays, radiographs, physical examinations, and electroretinograms. That way you can be sure they live a long and healthy life.
How much does a Blue Heeler Pitbull mix puppy cost?
When looking for a Pit Heeler to welcome into your family, you can expect to pay anywhere between $800 to $1200 USD for a new puppy. But the price will depend on the dog’s lineage and parental attributes.
However, this cost excludes the cost of medical expenses, food, training, toys and accessories, and more. So before you commit to buying a Pit Heeler puppy, make sure you’re well-prepared to take full responsibility.
Blue Heeler Pitbull mix breeders
When looking for a reputable breeder, ask friends, breed clubs, or local veterinarians for referrals and reviews for where to find Blue Heeler Pitbull mix puppies for sale.
You can find more tips on finding and working with responsible breeders here.
Blue Heeler Pitbull mix rescue and adoption
The famous ‘adopt, don’t shop’ slogan helps ensure that no dog goes without a loving family. Organizations like Carolina’s Rescue are places where you can find Pit Heeler dogs in need of a loving new home.
Is a Blue Heeler Pit Mix right for me?
The Pit Heeler is a sweet, protective dog that is extremely loyal to its loved ones.
They are obedient, energetic, and strong-willed and are not recommended for first-time dog owners or families with young children.
They have low to moderate maintenance needs when it comes to grooming but expect high exercise needs to make up for this. They will reward you with their love and affection tenfold.
Like their parent breeds, they are working dogs who need to be mentally and physically stimulated in order to live a happy life.
And while they are not inherently aggressive, they still need proper training and socialization so that their protective nature doesn’t get the best of them. This will ensure that they get along well with people and other animals.
Ultimately, if you’re willing to put in the work to be a proud owner of this designer dog breed, you can rest assured that you have found a new best friend.
If you have any experience with this breed, feel free to share with us!
Further reading: Other breeds to explore
- Other Blue Heeler mixed breed dogs
- Other Pitbull Mixes
- Similarly Sized Breeds to Blue Heeler Pitbull Mix