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My animals, including dogs and puppies, are my first priority and main focus daily. When looking through the various pages of the ALT Texas Heeler website, please know and feel confident that any puppies or dogs raised at our home have been given tremendous individual time and care. We pride ourselves on quality, comfort, health, and over-all happy, socialized well-being.
Puppies are whelped in Dalhart, TX. Puppies are raised indoors under climate control. At around 4 weeks old the pups have the ability to go in and outdoors at their own discretion. Puppies are offered food at around 4-5 weeks old. Every litter is unique and different so times for outdoor living and food introduction may vary slightly.
Many of the Texas Heeler puppies are born naturally docked. Some of the remaining puppies will have their tails docked and dew claws removed. (A tail and dew claws can remain untouched if I have added your information to our "Notification List" with specific instructions about tails and claws. We will dock and remove dew claws accordingly).
I am completely open to personal preference as I understand some people prefer a docked tail to a full tail and vice versa. Tails and dew claws are removed at or before 5 days of age. If you want a tail docked that is not naturally docked, I will need this information to add to the "Notification List" for reference once puppies have been born. I generally remove all dew claws unless otherwise noted. Again, if you want dew claws to remain intact, I will need to know during our conversation.
Some info about Texas Heelers & purebred Heelers (ACD's)
Reviews and Comments from customers and owners of purebred ACD's and Texas Heelers: Texas Heeler/ACD PDF Info
The energy level between a purebred Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) or Blue/Red Heeler and a Texas Heeler (Australian Shepherd/Heeler ACD) is comparable. With the Aussie influence, the dogs are very sweet, gentle and protective over all but are very, very loyal, highly trainable, less dominant and very social. Not to say that my purebred Heelers or ACDs are unsocial but the purebred Heeler tends to be a more dominant type dog where the Aussie is a more submissive type that loves social environments. Customers who own a purebred ACD puppy from ALT Texas Heelers have given feedback that the purebred ACD's are very loyal, love children & people, can be left unattended with children, and are extremely intelligent and highly trainable. The Texas Heelers are the exact same way but with the Australian Shepherd influence, the crossbred dogs are known to be "talkers" and have a bit more submissive manner.
A semi active lifestyle and companionship is exactly what a Texas Heeler or ACD fits into well. They are very much people dogs, with a strong work ethic, but do not need livestock to herd or a necessary "job" all the time. They want to be where their human owner is as often as possible. Their activity level generally fits the mold of their owner. If you are on the go all the time, they can keep up if not pull ahead, but if you are laid back and maybe have a lazier side, they are content to sleep at your feet or chew on a bone with you in their sight. They are not overly active like border collies where a ball needs to be thrown to keep them alive ;) I like to tell folks my statistics are: 85% of my dogs go to family type homes/environments and the other 15% go to actual working homes where they are used often for livestock, agility, endurance, or hunting. Both the Texas Heelers and the purebred ACD's are capable of living in homes where they are needed to work as well as be part of the family or companion animals. I have folks that cycle quite a bit or mountain bike through rough country and their Texas Heelers and Heelers LOVE it. They love water as well and make excellent lake or river companions. The purebred dogs do just as well but there is a special quality when you have the Aussie influence and that is of the more quiet natured, less dominant and stubborn bullheadedness of the purebred Heeler ACD. That is also not to say that a Texas Heeler would not display more ACD like tendencies of stubbornness or protection but it is to a degree all of it's own. Many of my Texas Heelers have made great protectors of land and people.
Texas Heelers can exhibit a wide array of coat length, softness vs coarseness, wavy vs slick, and the ear carriage will vary with the crossbred Texas Heelers. Ear carriage is usually finalized by 6 months to a year of age. I have no idea of telling how the Texas Heeler puppies' ears will be while they are in our possession. Ears will change over the course of months as will final color, speckling, copper points, and overall texture.
We will no longer be accepting deposits prior to puppies being born. Once puppies are delivered, puppies will be offered on an unreserved basis. I will be adding names and contact info to a "Notification List" to notify folks when puppies have arrived and can be chosen. I would suggest checking the site around the time of estimated, or posted due dates, or contacting me if you have not heard from me around this time. Once puppies have arrived, I will accept a deposit towards a specific puppy. I add your information to my Notification List for a specific litter. I will notify you when puppies are born and if any are available. I then begin to contact folks as soon as all the puppies have arrived with photos and info. I will begin taking deposits for specific pups. I then take new photos each week as the puppies grow and change then videos once they are mobile. The deposit does go towards the total cost of the pup.
Some Texas Heeler puppies are born naturally docked while others are not. We will leave some puppies with tails and some will be docked. Please read the above information regarding tails.
$100 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit to secure selected puppy. The deposit can transfer to another litter.
Please verify by phone or e-mail that you are sending a deposit.
Puppy Selection will be held for 5 days while deposit is en route.
If not received within 5 days, said Puppy Selection will be offered again to public.
Choice can be made by pictures/videos, in person, or ALT Texas Heelers can pick a pup according to your description and availability.
New owners will receive digital photos and videos by e-mail of puppies from birth until placement in their new homes.
Puppies can be picked up anytime after 6 weeks of age but at or before 9 weeks of age. The total balance for the pup is due upon pick up.
(Sire & Dam owners have the right to first pick of the litter at any time if they so choose)
***Shipping to out of state customers is an option and is an additional $400 on top of puppy cost.*** The $400 does cover the cost of the flight, a kennel, a health certificate and vet examination.
We ship puppies via American Airlines, or Delta. We have shipped many, many puppies over the years. We get them kennel trained prior to shipping and try to acclimate them as best we can. We are usually unable to ship pups until around 8 weeks of age. By this time the pup will have had 2 sets of parvo/distemper shots and will have had 4 wormings. I do ask that a puppy be taken to the new owner's veterinarian within 5 days of receiving their shipped puppy to ensure the requirements of the Health Guarantee are satisfied and that the puppy is in good health post flight.
I set up all shipping arrangements and offer you (the owner) a few options for shipping times. The only restraint or concern for me putting a pup on an American Airlines flight will be the temperature at either location (Drop of and Pick Up). AA will not ship a pup unless the temperature is above 35 degrees in either location. United Airlines will ship puppies at a wider range of temperatures as they have temperature controlled areas for shipping in their planes.
Some info about the flight:
You will pick up at the United Cargo or AA Cargo facility. The address, contact info, and other information about the facility is on the websites: www.unitedcargo.com or www.aacargo.com
I will either text or email the Airway Bill Number upon receipt at the airport at the time I drop the puppy off at the airport. This Airway Bill number will allow you to track the puppy and watch for delays, etc on www.aacargo.com or www.unitedcargo.com
You will not be able to pick the puppy up until about 30-45 minutes post arrival time. I always suggest that folks bring a bottle of water and scope out an area to take the puppy to potty as soon as they can pick the puppy up and let him/her out of the kennel. The kennel is zip tied shut by UA or AA so I advise to bring a knife or scissors in case they do not cut them off for you. I attach a small baggy of food to the kennel as well as the puppy's paperwork from me. The kennel will have info as to when I last offered the puppy food and I generally tell folks to offer the puppy food and water upon picking up but be sure to find a place to let the puppy out to potty.
Upon arriving home and getting a routine in place, I advise to start with half a cup of food and see how the puppy eats it. I feed Purina Pro Plan Puppy ("Focus" or Large Breed Formula are perfect).
We take a trip to Dallas/Fort Worth area when puppies are ready to go to new homes for an additional $150 delivery fee. All other deliveries are determined based on mileage and time.
Other delivery options are available. I am available to discuss delivery options and pricing at any time.