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Old 12-10-2011, 10:03 AM
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Is my Blue heeler mix really a rat terrier?

I recently adopted a puppy, Boone, from a shelter when he was 13 weeks old. He was identified as a Blue heeler mix at the shelter and I had no doubts for a while, as he seems to have heeler coloring, white with black speckles and black patches. As he gets older though, he clearly doesn't have the build of a heeler, and people we meet on our walks keep telling me he looks like a rat terrier. He's a pretty good size now at 5 months, he weighs about 22lbs, which the vet said will put him at about 40lbs full grown. He has big bat ears, long legs, long tail, and a more graceful build than a purebred heeler. Oh and some of his litter mates that he came in with had his same build, but had red heeler coloring, white with red speckles and patches. So what do you guys think of him?
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Defiently a rat terrier mix in him. I have a 13 week old chihuahua rat terrier mix. He is only 2 or 3 pounds because of the chihuahua in him, but looking at thse ears and face structure that sure sounds to be a rat terrier mix, but the colouring is so dominant in the blue heeler. Beautiful.
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I don't think he looks like a rat terrier. From what I know of them, they are a small breed. 40 pounds isn't small in my book. I'd keep calling him a cattle dog mix, even though there is definitely something else in there.
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I don't think he looks like a rat terrier. From what I know of them, they are a small breed. 40 pounds isn't small in my book. I'd keep calling him a cattle dog mix, even though there is definitely something else in there.
Blue Heelers are anywhere from 44-60 lbs full grown. Rat Terriers do only weigh between 10-25, but the strucutre of the head and ears is very similiar to the ones of my rat terrier. Big ears, that were floppy and batwingish as a newborn, but now at 13 weeks straight and tall.
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Looks like a healer mix to me.

He's quite adorable too!
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yeah, looks like a heeler mix to me too...
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I recently saw a purebred rat terrier at play group and he was tiny, chihuahua sized. From looking at google images of rat terriers my puppy has a very similar head structure but clearly he's mixed with something bigger. We're starting to think maybe some sporting dog like a pointer maybe, based on his build and coloring. We're considering doing one of those mixed breed genetics tests, so we can get an idea of his predominant breed. He's really smart and a pretty well behaved puppy. We love him
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Blue Heelers are anywhere from 44-60 lbs full grown ~snip
The weight is not necessarily true. Standard weight should be between 35-45lbs. A cattle dog(standard sizing being 19-20in males 17-19 females) would place a 60lb cattle dog as chunky. My cattle dog, 18" is just about 30lbs (not full grown) at 5mo Zoey was 22lbs.

That said I would go with Cattle Dog mix

Or the informal blue heeler

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Boone Looks just like my dog Blizz. They could be brothers! Haha. All I know about Blizz is that he is a Blue Heeler mix. I recued him from a horrible lady that left 2 week old puppies to die. My Blizz is very big though. He is about 60-65 lbs and I have no idea what he could be mixed with. They are very smart, loyal, and beautiful dogs though. Enjoy your precious Boone

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I see Heeler mix. What you have to remember is that dogs with larger, solid builds take time to get there; they'll have reached full height at 7 months but will spend at least another 10 months filling out.

The attributes you could attach to a Rat Terrier are ones of many, many breeds, so I wouldn't put it down to that one.
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