The Mini Heeler is bred to be a smaller version of the Queensland, Red or Blue heeler, AKA the Australian Cattle Dog. The ACD is a sturdy , compact, agile, muscular herding dog with great stamina. They are an extremely intelligent, active breed. They were developed by Australian settlers to handle herds of cattle on expansive ranches, and they are still used today as a herding dog. They thrive on having a job to do and on being part of all family activities. Ideally, the Mini Heeler was created by breeding small heelers to other small heelers. Some people were in a hurry to create the smaller heeler version and introduced other breeds such as the chihuahua to create the smaller size.
The mini heeler is a reactive breed, alert to anything that moves, they don’t miss much. This makes early socialization very important for a mini heeler. If you want to get a Mini Heeler that will grow up and be a great canine companion then buy from a breeder that:
Raises the puppies as part of the family, with lots handling and exposure to people within the household and people from outside. Don’t buy from breeders that leave them in a kennel with very little human contact, you want to buy a Mini Heeler that is ready to become a part of your family when adopted.
Buy from a breeder that gets potty training started early on. This will make it much easier for you and the puppy to finish the potty training process.
Buy from a breeder that offers lifetime support, and that stresses how important early socialization is. Invite friends and family over to interact with your mini heeler puppy. Take your puppy to stores like Tractor Supply, Wilco and the Feed store with you. Enroll him/her in puppy kindergarten. Don’t neglect early socialization or you may end up with a wary, unfriendly Mini Heeler.