The Cowgirl's Cowdogs
Blue and Red Heeler Puppies For Sale
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The Cowgirls are the original one and only breeders of Miniature Blue Heelers/Australian Cattle Dogs
A Bunch of Boring Information!
The people that are heavily inbreeding my Miniature Heeler bloodlines are doing it with my older Mini Heeler lines. I'm not going to list my pedigrees back to the beginning of time but the most important thing to know if you are looking at puppies from any breeders that tell you they have my bloodlines; Newt and Wyatt were FULL BROTHERS so if the dad is a son of Newt and the mother is a daughter of Wyatt the parents of the puppy are basically half brother and sister... of my older Mini Heeler females; Sara, Sally, Sue, Cinnamon, Farah, Dixie and Sandy are all full sisters. So if you are told that any 2 of those girls are moms or grandmas to the puppy you are looking at those girls are all FULL SISTERS. The main breeder that is doing this in a big way got a LOT of puppies from me through the years and told me her mom fell in love with the one she got and wanted one, then her sister, her dad ... this was strung out over several years. After I found out that they had all been for her and what she was doing (she showed me a photo of a puppy she raised from my dogs that were brothers and sisters and then she told me she had kept several from those crosses and had already been breeding them together) I refused to sell her anymore puppies and even told her to go get one from the breeder in OR that raises the Chihuahua Heeler crosses and calls them toy heelers because she has them so inbred that that's all she can do now. I'm not going to say who she is but she travels big AQHA and APHA horses shows... Congress etc ... so when all of you big time fancy horse show people's tiny super stocky little BEAUTIFUL Mini Heelers start having a bunch of stuff wrong with them... DON'T BLAME ME!!!
I work very hard to offer you health, happy, well socialized puppies. My dogs are my family. It is very important to us that you are happy and well educated about us and our policies. If you are happy, then we know you will love our puppies and welcome them into your homes. Please take the time to read all of the information on the pages of our website. I know that there is a lot of print and much of it has been repeated on many pages. We want to make sure that you are well informed and have no questions about us or your new puppy. Our "Home", "Dogs" and "Puppies For Sale" pages as well as this page all have information that is important for you to read and understand.
When you get a puppy from us, it has never been on concrete, in a kennel, crate or a wire cage. Our puppies come from our family to yours.
You are welcome to come and pick your puppy up when it is ready to leave however we don't let people come on our place just to look. That keeps us from having germs walked onto our property that could be life threatening to our puppies.
I have never had a puppy that would not go to stock. Mini or Standard they all want to work.
We do not stand our male dogs for stud service.
Our MINI Heelers/Cattle Dogs are 100% PUREBRED HEELERS. It has taken us years and years to breed the size down in our dogs while keeping the great Heeler personality, beautiful Heeler look and a healthy puppy that we are proud to give you a 1 Year Health Guarantee on. There is a breeder in Oregon that crosses Chihuahuas with Australian Cattle Dogs/Blue Heelers and are advertising them them as "Purebred Toy and Mini Heelers". They have recently composed a neat story saying that they have been raising Heelers for 25-30 years and have imported their dogs. All of which is a lie. The owner of the kennel contacted me personally several years ago all excited because they had JUST started raising "mini and toy" Heelers and using Chihuahuas to get them little...... came right from his mouth to me. We have people contact us every week with sad stories about the health problems they are having with their Chihuahua Heeler cross puppies that they have bought from these breeders. We don't care what anyone else does with their breeding program, breed all of the "exotic" or "hybrid" breeds that you want to, just be honest about it. Don't call them a purebred if they are not. I'm sure there are many people that would be happy to buy the "exotic" cross. Calling them purebreds when they are not is not fair to the buyers that are being misled and it is very unfair to the puppies who have done nothing wrong but are not what they are being sold as. Our puppies are 100% Heelers. Their parents aren't crossed with any toy or mini breeds to make them small. It has taken us years and years of hard work and a lot of planning to be able to produce a beautiful healthy Heeler puppy that will mature 12-14 inches tall and 15-30 lbs. If that sounds big to you remember a standard Heeler is 16 inches or better with many over 20 inches tall and 45-65 lbs as an average. We hear from people all of the time that has a mature male Heeler that has topped 80 lbs.
After you get your new puppy do not take it to a dog park, public trails, Petsmart or any place where there are other dogs and it can be exposed to germs until it has all three of the shots in it's puppy series. Remember, your new puppy is not protected from transmittable diseases until it has had all of the shots in it's series.
I have never had a puppy that would not go to stock. Mini or Standard they all want to work. I have puppies that are in working family homes all over the United States, Canada, Panama, Spain, Germany, Puerto Rico and several other small island countries.
I have Cowboy Corgi Puppies!!!
Willy is a dad!
Willy my purebred Blue Merle Corgi One of Paige's Cowboy Corgi puppies
One of Boo Boo and one of Jackie's Cowboy Corgi puppies together, one of Shania's Cowboy Corgi boys and Bingo's Cowboy Corgi boy.
It's a Red or Blue Heeler... not a Healer.... they are called "heelers" because they work behind stock, or "heel" them.... they are not doctors... they don't heal.... we understand if you are not familiar with our breed that the spelling of the name is confusing... everyone makes mistakes.
All deposits and payments that are made on the puppies are non-refundable. If you decide that you do not want a puppy after you have put a deposit on it you have credit towards any other puppy we have at anytime in the future.
When you pick a puppy up or it is shipped it has had at least 2 parvo shots. I give Neopar at 4 weeks and the first puppy shot which includes parvo at 6 weeks. It is healthy when it leaves here. If after you get your puppy it gets sick is because you exposed it to parvo or what ever it got. Read my guarantee before you get a puppy from me. I guarantee against anything that is genetic and nothing they can catch. I have no control over what the puppy is exposed to after it leaves my property. A puppy can show symptoms of parvo from 24 hours to 7 days after exposure. I will not pay your vet bill. Your vet is not going to look you in the eye while you are upset and holding a sick puppy and tell you it is your fault that your puppy is sick. He is going to blame the breeder because that is a whole lot easier. I am very sorry for you and your puppy if it gets sick but blaming me isn't going to make anything any better.
Our Dog Food
We get our dog food from Stillwater Milling, we use their A & M Dog Foods, they are custom mixes made locally here in Oklahoma. All of our moms and puppies get the A & M Advantage Professional (it has 26% protein and 18% fat) and all of the rest of our dogs get A & M Advantage High Protein High Energy. Everyone has free choice food 24 hours a day. Our adult dogs have bulk feeders that keep their food clean and dry. Our moms and puppies have 2 dishes of food available to them all of the time, one is our food dry and one is our food moistened in water, it is soft but not soupy. This encourages our puppies to start eating as soon as their eyes are open and helps keep good weight on our moms while they are nursing. Their soaked food is taken out both morning and night and replaced with fresh, that way it doesn't get dirty or spoiled.
Whatever you chose to feed your puppy remember to check the label, the first ingredient should ALWAYS be meat. Many of the top brands that you would automatically trust and are some of the most respected and expensive dog foods have corn listed as their first ingredient.
Our puppies are started on Milk Replacer at 3 weeks old and get it 2X a day until they leave. They love it; they are fat and beautiful on their milk replacer and mom. The moms get to go out and take a break from their kids and then they finish up the puppies milk replacer after their puppies are done. Our moms love it and the high fat, calories and nutrients is as helpful to them as their puppies.
We reserved the right to refuse the sale of a puppy to any person for any reason. Our decisions are final and not negotiable. That applies from the first email or phone conversation right up to the time we ship the puppy to you or you are scheduled to pick it up.
We would like to give a warning to everyone about vaccines.
Any shot that contains the carona virus in it is dangerous for your dogs. You may be one of the lucky ones that won't lose your pet after you give the shot or you could not be so lucky. There has been a lot of research about using carona virus in canine vaccines and it is really not a good way to go. The 7 way shot and some 5 way shots contains carona virus.
A puppy that is less than 12 weeks old is TOO YOUNG for any vaccine that includes LEPO. We DO NOT VACCINATE OUR PUPPIES WITH ANY VACCINE THAT INCLUDES LEPTO until they are OVER 6 months old. MANY many people contact us in tears because they or THEIR VET used a vaccine that included Lepto and their puppy died.
I was recently told that a dog 100% could not get parvo from a vaccine that was a killed or modified live virus. He was even sarcastic and said that's what modified or killed means. I can tell you that is an OUT AND OUT LIE! I gave 10 of my adult dogs a 7 way vaccine and by the next morning 2 were sick and one was throwing up. She was 100% totally fine, playing and being typically her over happy goof ball self just the day before.
We have had trouble with Pfizer Vanguard Plus 5 vaccines. We would recommend avoiding this vaccine. Pfizer did admit fault, however that ment nothing to us or the people whose puppies died from the vaccine. This is NOT the first or only case that we have heard or experienced with Pfizer vaccines or monthly flea treatments.
Any puppy that has had it's first puppy shot will test positive for parvovirus, when you take it to have it's health check if there is a parvo test done your puppy will have a positive test result. The vaccine that includes parvo is a live virus, after getting the shot the puppy's immune system starts building antigens against the virus to protect it. If you get a puppy and have a parvo test run on it and it comes back negative the puppy has NOT had it's first shot, regardless of what you were told.
We would like to ask everyone to consider joining us in donating to pedigree.com and the humane society to help shelter dogs.
Why is that puppy's ears curled back?
Sometimes a puppy's ears will stand up so fast that they curl back.... that is a VERY good thing! They will eventually uncurl and stand up straight. We consider this trait to be very desirable. If you talk to us on the phone and we tell that a "puppy's ears are up like radars" this is what we mean.
This is the shot record that you will get in your paperwork when you get a puppy. The photos on this shot record are not of your puppy or the parents of your puppy. These are photos of puppies that we had many years ago that were cute examples of Heeler puppies. These photos are decorations on the page and have absolutely no significance in relation to your puppy. My daughter and I made this shot record together years and years ago. The blue puppy is Bonnie Blue Butler who is asleep in the chair in front of my TV right now and the red puppy is her full brother from a previous litter that we shipped to the far North West a very long time ago. In the last 10 years or so there have been 2 times that someone has contacted me having a melt down that the photos are not of their puppy. That would be correct, they are not your puppy and never were intended to be of your puppy.
One of my Puppy Houses
Just off of the truck and right beside the house!
Here is the inside before we got started on it.
Puppies playing in their new room! The house now has 5 puppy "rooms".
Our puppy house is done!
There are covered outside runs with doggie doors for each inside room.
How cute is that?
Sue and her puppies checking out their new house.
Are Heelers Good With Kids?
Probably 90% of our puppies go to families with either small children in the home or grandkids. Heelers are great family pets, they will play with your children until they are played out! Since they are instinctual herding dogs Heelers "fixate" on their people. They want to be where ever you are and do what ever you are doing 100% of the time. They won't always like new people but they love the ones that they are raised with. Our dogs have intentionally to be bred to be companions as well as work if their family wants them to. Ninety-nine percent of our puppies will never herd anything more than their kids in the yard but all of our dogs will go to stock if they have the opportunity. We have been told by other people that they have heard that Heelers are not good family dogs. If you have a Heeler that is only bred to work cattle, they can be extremely aggressive. It is important if you are looking for a Heeler for a companion or for your children that you get a puppy from a breeder that is producing dogs with good minds. We have many puppies that have grown up and are now being used as service dogs and in nursing homes.
House Training Your Puppy
Heelers are usually very easy to house train. They are super smart, when you see your new puppy walking around looking for something that isn't there... take him outside, he is looking for a place to potty. After he wakes up from a nap or eats, he will need to go potty. Our puppies are doggy door trained so they are used to going outside to potty but they are not used to waiting to go. If they need to go they just run outside and go. They are also used to going potty on pine shavings, it is often helpful to put some shavings outside on the ground where you want him to go so when you take him out he has a place to potty that seems familiar to him. Many people will get a medium size box and put shavings in it for their puppy to use if they have to be away from home for long enough that their new puppy can't wait until they come back home. If you have to leave for several hours to go to work or do something we suggest putting your puppy in a small room in the house that does not have carpet on the floor but is still heated or cooled with his toys, bed, food, a radio and his shavings/litter box; laundry room or kitchen is usually good. Remember he is a baby so be patient, your love when he does good is much more affective than punishment when he has an accident.
Here is a question for you....... "My puppy/dog is itching or scratches all of the time"
Our puppy parents are as a whole very careful with their puppies and if anything may over do some treatments. Once you are sure that your puppy does not have fleas (I have to say though we am VERY proud of the jobs that you guys are doing taking care of your babies), over treating their skin with several different products will actually make them itch more.... that "loving them too much" thing. We use a really good product called "Calm Coat" It is great for any kind of itching or skin irritation; hot spots, rashes, dry flaky skin, you name it this stuff is great. Calm Coat also repels all kinds of insects. It works great on your horses too. The second product we use is Shapleys MTG, it actually is supposed to make hair grow 3 inches in 1 month, I don't know if that is true but, we use it on hotspots and it is great for dry, flakey, itchy skin. Like Calm Coat it is kind of oily. If one does not fix an itchy puppy or dog the other one usually will. We use both of these products on ourselves. If that does not work I have found that although most vets will suggest allergy shot, the dogs actually have s skin infection from scratching, antibiotics work as good or better than allergy shots.
Many people ask us what wormer we use? What vaccines? Here are some examples of the products that we use in the care of our puppies.
Coccidia is the number one cause of loose stool in puppies. If a puppy has a positive test for coccida it means that it has a little parasite in it's intestines. The treatment for coccidia is Albon. You can get Albon from your vet it does require a prescription. As a precaution, every puppy of ours has a treatment or two of Albon before it leaves us. Depending on the vet and the dosage that they suggest treatment will last 1 to 2 weeks.
We use 2 different kinds of wormer; Pyrantel Pamoate can be purchased over the counter and does not require a prescription. We use Liqui-Care for horses, we use a lot of it so we get the big bottle. The kind we use is a horse wormer, but it is all the same.
Our most commonly used wormer is Fenbendazole there are 2 ways to get it, Panacur requires a prescription or you can get Safe-Guard which is the very same thing only you can buy it over the counter. This wormer given 2 days in a row is also affective against Giardia.
Tri-Care is the very best ointment that we have ever used. It is great for hot spots, any kind of irritated skin or sores, among other ingredients it has emu oil, tea tree oil, menthol and citronella oil in it. We love it. You will find it where horse products are sold.
This is the vaccine that we use on our puppies. The label that was on the vial will be pealed off and put on your puppy's shot and worming record so you can show it to your vet. Remember puppies are too young for any vaccine that has corona or lepto included in it until after they are 12 weeks old. Giving a vaccine that includes either corona or lepto can cost your puppy it's life.
Here is a another question for you....... "My puppy's ear or ears have not stood up yet ..... what do I do?"
To start with please try not to handle your new puppy's ears and encourage your children not to play with their ears. If it's ears are not up in a couple of weeks after you get it or it is 3 months old, then get some athletic tape, we find the wider is better, hold the ear up and put a circle of tape around the ear right where it bends. Puppies play very hard here before they leave and at your home after you get them. Here are some examples of taping their ears;
Thanks Marcia for sharing photos of pretty Callie and her "Double D Ears"!! Callie's mom is Abby and her dad is Cowboy.
Ryder's mom found a great way to get his ears to stay up online using soft hair rollers that she bought at Wal-Mart. It took 3-4 weeks but she said they stayed in his ears much better than the tape alone. I know we are going to try this the next time we have stubborn puppy ears! (Ryder's parents are Chili Pepper and Rowdy)
Here is another question for you....... "I bought a male puppy from you 9 months ago and now he is barking at the neighbors and running at our yard fence at strangers.... what do I do?"
Our first question for you is did you have him neutered? When your answer is no you have not (which it will be) we are going to remind you that he is a male and old enough now to be protecting "his" territory. As a pet owner YOU have to be a responsible for the care of your pets. If you are not going to use your male puppy for breeding, have him neutered early. We will help you rehome our puppies, but don't make us sorry that we sold you one of them because you did not do your part. Cattle Dogs are wonderful smart dogs that are the BEST companions. But, because they are such smart, great dogs they will protect their home if they feel like it is their job AND if you are NOT the boss they will be. Take your puppy to puppy classes, socialize him or her well and you will be thrilled with your new friend.
For all of those people that call and want a blue eyed Cattle Dog/Heeler puppy.......
PUREBRED AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS DO NOT HAVE BLUE EYES. However an Australian Shepard can have blue eyes. If you have seen a dog that "looked" like a Blue Heeler that had blue eyes it most likely was part Australian Shepard. That does not mean that the blue eyed dog it is not a great dog, it just isn't a purebred Blue Heeler.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
What Breeds Make Up the Australian Cattle Dog/Blue or Red Heeler?
So what breeds were used to come up with a Blue or Red Heeler, Australian Cattle Dog or Queensland Heeler (all the same dog by the way)? The list is a lot longer than you might think! If you start from the beginning the first dog was called a Smithfield, it had heavy hair, floppy ears, a bob tail with a dark body and a white ring around it's neck, that dog was crossed with a Native Australian Dingo, the resulting dog was crossed with a Rough Coated Collie. This dog was then crossed with a Blue Smooth Highland Collie, the resulting dog was crossed back on the Dingo again. These dogs then had some Bull Terrier added to them (about 1870), to calm this little fighter down they then added Dalmation into the mix to make a more devoted loyal dog (oops! Excuse the "mix" pun!). In case you wondered the Australian Cattle Dog was not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a purebred breed until 1980. With that in mind...... can a Heeler have spots? Can they be pure white? Can they have a natural bob tail? Can they have curly hair? Can they be brindle? .... Sure they can... it's all in the genes!
What about the Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler being a Miniature Dog? We realized many years ago that people naturally gravitated towards our smaller puppies, the smaller they were the better they liked them. We set out to keep our highest quality dogs to use in our breeding program that were smallest in size. Through the years we were able to get a smaller and smaller Cattle Dog/Heeler. They are 100% Heelers with no other breed used besides a Heeler..... just years and years of selection and breeding to get a smaller maturing dog.
your puppy it's life.
Food Aggression and Crates
Thank goodness there have only been a couple of times that this has happened in the last 10-15 years, but we have had a couple of people contact us and say that their puppy that they got from us has threatened to bite them or has bit them over their food. Every time we ask what is going on at feeding time we are horrified at the torment that the puppy has been put through to receive one of his or her basic needs for survival: FOOD. Making your puppy wait until he or she is very hungry before food is even suggested and then making it eat it from your hand or sitting back while you put the food down and then making it wait and wait, not being allowed to come to the food and eat until you allow it is twisted and if you did the same thing to a child it would be called abuse. Taking a puppy and hold him down on the ground while you are on top of him trying to "force him to submit" is insane and who ever came up with that is nuts. I don't know how any other breed of dog would react to this behavior but a Heeler will eventually hate you and we don't blame them. Our dogs have food available to them 24 hours a day, there is no reason to resent us or threaten us over their food, they are happy to see us coming to fill their feeders. Feeding time here is 2 things; 1) it is time that our dogs get attention from us, 2) having food is such a non issue that it has never occurred to them to be aggressive towards us over it. Never in the near 40 years that I have been associated with Heelers have I ever had one of my dogs even have a thought cross their mind to want to hurt me over their food. Heelers LOVE their people more than their life, this is a created behavior in a Heeler and not it's normal behavior. If for any reason this has happened with your puppy send it back to us before anything bad happens to it. We will take our puppies back no questions asked.
If you work a full time job and are only home a few hours a day and those hours are spent doing house work, school work or business and the only time you would have to devote to a puppy is on the weekend, you probably don't need a puppy. If you are planning on getting a puppy and it is going to spend most of it's time in a crate you really don't need a puppy. I hate crate training, what could be a helpful part of a puppy's training for many puppies turns into a jail or place of punishment. If your home is so nice that you feel like a puppy could damage your home and it's furnishings you don't need a puppy and you really don't need a puppy from us. Getting a puppy is like planning on having a baby, if you don't have the time or patience for a baby you don't for a puppy either. If for any reason you have gotten a puppy from us, it has destroyed your favorite chair or anything else send it back to us. Or if you have gotten a puppy from us and you are tired of trying to house break it or you don't have the time for it that you thought you were going to have send it back. We will take our puppies back no questions asked.
Here is a question that we have been asked several times: "I recently adopted or found a Heeler puppy, I love it very much but it has bit someone or I am afraid it is going to. I want to keep my dog, what do I do?"
Here is a copy of an email that we recently sent to someone that contacted us with this question:
Has she bitten anyone yet? If the answer is yes, was it "heeling" in fun or biting from the front in an actual aggressive or protective mode? I am going to be honest and tell you that you will have a very hard time changing her mind. Heelers are dogs that have a natural instinctual desire to bite and the "hotter" they are in their working bloodlines the more aggressive they are and will continue to become as they mature. They will be their MOST aggressive from 1-4 years old, then start to mellow some. They will mature and become their best about 4 years old and after. By then if you lose her it will be worse than about any human loss you will ever experience. No one in your life will love you like YOUR Heeler.
All of that said, without knowing your girl personally, I am going to suggest 2 things for you to do right now:
1) Taking her out of situations that she is going to get herself in trouble in.
If your yard is NOT fenced do so immediately. They can jump like a deer, one strand of electric 6-12 inches off of the ground on the inside of your yard fence will keep her backed away from it and one strand on top will keep her from jumping it. It will also keep the people and kids off of your fence that shouldn't be there bugging her anyway.
If someone is coming over that she either does not know OR does NOT LIKE and/or you have ANY question about how she is going to react to them, stick her in the back yard, in your bed room, get a kid gate and put in in the doorway of any room in your house that is going to be her place to be and put here there. She won't jump it, when she understands which side is her side.
Don't take her to Pet Smart EVER, it is a dog germ basket anyway, besides you don't want strange people and dogs touching your dog, that is usually insulting to a Heeler, they don't like it and I don't blame them (I am more Heeler than person! LOL!).
Get 2 things:
1) a muzzle, we use the black nylon kind with the end open (they can still eat and drink with one on), we will use them for a "time out" if we have a couple that are determined to get in a fight for some unknown reason or if we are having an unusually loud barking night.... sleep... it's a GOOD THING (thanks Martha Stewart!).
2) get an automatic bark collar (Pet Safe brand is the BEST for the money and will cost $30-60 depending where you get it. If a Heeler bites HEELING they will not make noise or growl, if they bite out of aggression they will bark or growl, if they bark or growl, they will hear a beep with no shock, if they continue they will get a very small shock, if they continue they will get a bigger shock. She will probably cry the first time or 2. That's good, you are training her to stop, the best lessons a person or animal learns is one they learn by their selves. That way you are NOT involved in this lesson, she is in the yard on her own figuring this one out. Take it off when she is with you, in the house etc. Only use it when she is out in the yard or in a situation where she may be a threat. Almost immediately when the bark collar goes on you will see an instant change in her behavior. The aggression will stop, she is smart enough to know what will happen next. Heelers are THINKERS and VERY VERY SMART. If you use a training collar that you control when the shock happens she will only associate the shock with you being there, so she will only act good around you and not on her own. The automatic bark collar will teach her to make the right decision if you are there or not.
#1 is the FENCE and restricting her from situations that will trigger her protective nature, #2 is the bark collar.
Good luck and I have no doubt that you will be relieved as soon as she has had a bark collar on for a couple of days.
Our goal is to produce healthy well socialized puppies. To accomplish our goal our adult dogs are kept current on their shots, wormed regularly, provided with free choice good quality high protein food. They have fresh food and water available to them 24 hours a day. Their feeding schedule is when ever they are hungry. Our mommas come into the house 2-4 weeks before they are expected to have their puppies. This is their calming down time. We will worm them several times after they get in the house and before they have their puppies. We make sure that they are free from any fleas and really eating good. That way they are strong and ready to have healthy puppies and are able to make plenty of milk for them. As soon as they have their puppies we put our mommas on Amoxicillin caps morning and night for the first week. Having puppies is stressful on their bodies and we want to make sure they are healthy and recover well from giving birth. We put Sulmet in their water and after the puppies go outside at four weeks old we soak their food as well as give them dry food, their food is top dressed with Tetracycline until they leave here. We worm our puppies every week with Safeguard and every two weeks with Pyrantel Pamoate, at 6 weeks they get their first 5 way puppy shot, are wormed with Parantel again and also given a tapeworm tablet and a half of a Capstar pill. Before they leave they are tapewormed again, get another half of a Capstar pill and one more treatment of Pyrantel. Why do we put this huge investment into our mommas and their puppies? BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET A PUPPY FROM US IT IS HEALTHY. We have a quarantined facility, our puppies have never been exposed to kennel cough, parvo or any other transmittable disease.
If you have bought or reserved a puppy from us and while it is still with us if we have a uneasy feeling about a litter or puppy, instead of sending the puppy home with you or shipping it we will contact you and suggest you pick another puppy. The litter may have gotten loose stool , we may be treating them and their mother with antibiotics, they may not be eating as aggressively as we think they should or they may be a really fussy litter of puppies. What ever the reason, if this happens and you refuse to pick a different puppy you will be taking your fist pick puppy at your own risk without a 1 year health guarantee. If we make this suggestion to you it is because we are trying to protect you and your family from being disappointed, not because we want your puppy for ourselves. Believe me, we can keep any puppy we want to before we make the litter available. We have plenty of then, we don't need yours.
Our dogs are not registered with AKC, we do not buy nor do we raise show dogs. I was USING Blue and Red Heelers to work cattle WAY before AKC or any other dog registry in the United States even recognized them as a breed. We have no interest in making our dogs conform to someone else's opinion of a Cattle Dog. We have raised, loved and worked these dogs for more years than I want to count.
We have worked very hard to provide you with very healthy puppies. Our males and females are selected for several different things. They first have to be healthy and genetically sound. Our dogs are free from genetic disease. How do we know this? Because we have been breeding Cattle Dogs for years. Our females we use now are the result of several generations of breeding. With many of these girls we can tell what their sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers have produced. We have purchased some of our males. None of them have come from show breeders or kennels. They have come from working ranches all over the country. All of our adult dogs go to stock. Most of our puppies never see a horse or cow after they leave us. They live in homes with their families. They are all over the United States and Canada; hiking in the mountains, playing on every beach that this country has to offer, they play in parks and make loving companions! The personality of our puppies is huge in who we decide to breed each of our girls to. If you want a stock dog we can tell our best cross! If you want a family dog that will accept the children in your neighborhood we can also tell you which momma will produce that as well.
Our dogs do not live in kennels, cages or little pens. They live in and out of our house, in big pens with groups of their friends, they play and run continually. The high light of their day is playing fetch in the afternoons with us and barking at the our horses every chance they get. They have children's pools that they play in all day and they live happy lives. Jessi and I spend our days caring for these dogs, they are our family. We play in every pen everyday. Because of the environment that they live in they are exposed to a variety of parasites. That is just part of animals living outside in Oklahoma. We battle fleas, ticks and worms constantly. This may be a horrible thought to you. But, it is the honest truth. If we kept them in cages inside and they lived miserable lives we could send you puppies free from parasites. That isn't the way our dogs live. We worm our puppies every two weeks from birth until they leave here. They get a flea bath the night before they ship, we use Capstar pills to kill any fleas they have on them and they are treated for tapeworms before they leave. Does that mean you won't have to worm them or treat them for fleas? No you will have to.
We have been told that a Cattle Dog with a docked tail does not have good balance... well... I hate to burst that bubble but that's a crock! I really like the new thing I keep hearing "the Australian Cattle Dog uses his tail as a rudder and needs it for balance"... Sorry! They are dogs not BOATS!.... a rudder..... who comes up with this stuff? If you want a long tail on a Heeler, there is nothing wrong with that... however lets be honest. Saying something that isn't true does not make it the truth just because someone said it. Making up a lie to try to convince or force people to do something just because you want it that way is ridiculous. Many of our Cattle Dog puppies are born with natural stumpy tails, that means that they either have no tail at all at birth or a very short one. If you would like a puppy with a long natural tail we can direct you to our upcoming litters that will have natural long tails. You are welcome to take first or second pick from any litter and keep a natural tail on your puppy.
We have a one year guarantee on our puppies from their date of birth until one year old. It would give you equal credit for the purchase price only of your puppy towards any other puppy or first pick from any other litter coming up. It is a guarantee against life threatening/terminal genetic disease. Anything else is out of our control once the puppy leaves our possession. There are a few things you have to do: 1) you have to take your puppy to have a vet check after you get it. Every puppy goes to our vet and has a complete health check before it ships. If something isn't right in that check, that puppy isn't going anywhere. So when you have a health check for your puppy after you get it then we all start off on the same page. 2) you have to keep it up on it's shots and take care of your puppy's health. 3) you have to keep your puppy. If you don't see that your puppy receives it's shots and is wormed appropriately, if you don't take it to your vet after you get it or if you give it away or resell it (big no no .... HUGE!) it's guarantee is void.
Why have I put all of this boring print on many of these pages you may ask... providing you have read it! It is very simple; we don't want you to be surprised disappointed or confused. We aren't going to try and force you to purchase one of our puppies. It is crucial to us that our puppies are loved and well cared for. If we all understand what we expect from each other, then if you decide that you would like to bring one of our puppies into your home, we are confident that you will be happy with it and love it. We want you to feel as if we are part of this puppy's family. We are always so excited to be included with emails and photos of it's graduation, birthdays and your family vacation, holidays and experiences.
If you have bought a puppy from us and it is still here and for any reason we get the feeling that you are not the right person for one of our puppies, we will do a return to your credit card and then notify you. Once again, we have to be comfortable that you want one of our babies and plan on loving it. If something feels wrong to us we will return your money. It is very simple, we are not desperate to sell you a puppy. Everyone has to have a good feeling at the end of the day. Then we can all be friends and everything is good.
All deposits are non refundable.
We only accept cash at our home. We aren't always able to make change, so just to be safe you should bring the correct amount.
For the health of our puppies, the soonest they can be picked up is 7 weeks old. We start shipping the litters after they turn 8 weeks old. If you insist on picking your puppy up before it is 7 weeks old the health guarantee on your puppy will be void.
New Puppy Letter / Health Guarantee
In the past my puppies have been registered with CKC through their hardship registry but I have recently registered my breeding dogs I am using now with The International Stock Dog Registry. I have posted their registration numbers on the BLOG page of this site.
For the health of our puppies, the soonest they can be picked up is 7 weeks old. We start shipping the litters after they turn 8 weeks old. If you insist on picking your puppy up before it is 7 weeks old the health guarantee is void.
If you have bought or reserved a puppy from us and while it is still with us if we have a uneasy feeling about a litter or puppy, instead of sending the puppy home with you or shipping it, we will contact you and suggest you pick another puppy. The litter may have gotten loose stool, we may be treating them and their mother with antibiotics, they may not be eating as aggressively as we think they should or they may be a really fussy litter of puppies. If we make this suggestion to you it is because we are trying to protect you and your family from being disappointed, not because we want your puppy for ourselves. If we ask you to make another pick and you do not, your puppy will come with no health guarantee.
If you are coming to our home to pick up your puppy and you still owe a balance on the puppy, we will no longer accept any payment other than cash for any unpaid balance on your puppy at the time that you are picking it up at our home.
New Puppy Letter and Health Guarantee
Your new puppy is used to having is Ol'Roy High Performance dry food. Our puppies have food available to them 24 hours a day. If you change your puppyís feed or schedule please do it slowly and mix the food that it is used to along with what you want the puppy to have.
You will find included in your information a shot and worming record. Your puppy will need 2 more 5 in 1 puppy shots at 4 week intervals from the date of itís first shot. After that follow the advice of your vet with continuing itís shot program. Puppies need to be wormed often. We worm our puppies every two weeks with Panacur.
If we felt like it was necessary, your new puppy has had a Capstar pill or flea spray before it was shipped to you for fleas. Because of the young age of our puppies we are unable to use chemicals on them or their mothers while they are pregnant or nursing. We work very hard to keep our dogs and puppies free from parasites, but as our animals do not live in kennels or crates they are exposed to fleas. Although this is an irritation, we feel that our dogs are much happier having their freedom to run and play and interact with each other instead of being forced to live their lives contained in small unpleasant pens and cages.
We sell pet quality puppies and give a one year guarantee on the purchase price of your puppy (from the puppyís birthday), against terminal life threatening genetic disorders. This guarantee is a credit only towards the price of any other puppy that is available or will come available. To fulfill our guarantee we must have documentation verifying the terminal genetic disorder from 2 veterinarians. If they agree, we will happily give you credit toward another puppy and the original puppy must be returned. This will fulfill the guarantee on the first puppy with no guarantee on the second puppy. We do not refund shipping or veterinarian costs or expenses for any reason. Our guarantee does not include; hernias, over bites, skin allergies, parasites (internal or external), coccidia, giardia, demodesis, hypoglycemia or any contagious diseases. When you receive your puppy you must take it to your veterinarian for a health check within 5 days of receiving it, you must also be able to provide documentation by your veterinarian of your puppyís shots and worming record. If your puppy has not been kept on a consistent worming schedule or had the remaining puppy shots in itís series or any of the above have not been fulfilled your 1 year guarantee is void, changing ownership of your puppy (selling it or giving it away) will void the guarantee. If we have asked you to pick another puppy because we question itís health and you have refused or if we have asked you to leave the puppy longer because we think it may not be healthy so we can treat it ourselves and you refuse, your 1 year health guarantee is void. If you insist on picking your puppy up before it is 7 weeks old, itís 1 year health guarantee is void.
If for any reason you can not keep your puppy contact us first. We will either take it back and re-home it from here or we will help you with advertising and interviews. We want you to be as comfortable with your puppyís new home as we are with the thought of you having it now.
Payment for your puppy constitutes your agreement to this contract.
Please email us at email@example.com to let us know your the puppy has arrived safely.
Thank you for your business and please love your new baby for ever!
After you look at these example photos of some of our Mini Heelers be sure and go to the Puppies For Sale page to see our Mini Heeler puppies that we have for sale right now! (There are no puppies for sale on this page, this is just a picture page)
Miniature Cattle Dogs - Miniature Heelers
The photos on this page are examples of Mini Cattle Dogs/Mini Heelers. They are photos of our dogs and puppies that they have had.
There are NO puppies for sale on this page. The photos of the puppies below are photos of Mini Heeler puppies that we have raised and are on here as example of Mini Heelers.
To see the Mini and Standard Cattle Dog/Heeler puppies that we currently have available for sale, their photos, prices, when they can leave and photos of their parents, go to the "Puppies For Sale" page. "Puppies For Sale" is the bottom link on the left side of our "Home" page (how many people are cracking up right now because this is on here 4 times this close to the top of the page?).
Everyday people get on our website and see our Mini Heelers, they will grab the phone and call us excited about what a neat thought it is to get their favorite breed of dog in a mini size, and say that they have never heard of a Mini Heeler. Although we will always have beautiful standard size Heeler puppies, to our knowledge we are the first and only breeders to concentrate their breeding program on a beautiful healthy Heeler puppy that is 100% Heeler, free from genetic defects, have all of the Heeler desire, drive and devotion that they are famous for but mature much smaller than standard size for the breed.
We don't cut corners and we don't take the easy way out, our Miniature Heeler adults and puppies are 100% Cattle Dogs. We have not taken the low road and used any smaller toy breeds of dogs and crossed them with Heelers to get us to our end result faster. It has taken us many many years to get where we are in our MINIATURE BREEDING PROGRAM by using nothing but PUREBRED CATTLE DOGS.
The majority of our Mini Heeler puppies will mature 12-14 inches tall and 20-30 lbs, although anymore it isn't unusual for one in a litter to be even smaller. If that doesn't sound that small to you, remember a standard size Heeler is 16 inches or taller with many being 20 inches tall at the shoulder or more and 45-65 lbs. Although we get calls from people all of the time that have or have had a big stout male Heeler that is 80 lbs.
When you get a puppy from us, it has never been on concrete, in a kennel, crate or a wire cage. Our puppies come from our family to yours! You are welcome to come and pick your puppy up when it is ready to leave however we don't let people come on our place just to look. That keeps us from having germs walked onto our property that could be life threatening to our puppies.
What is the difference between a standard Heeler puppy and a miniature Heeler puppy?
Sandy's mini girl
Dusty and puppy
Dixie's mini boy
This is a standard puppy and a mini puppy together for size comparison. The 5 photos above are of one of Baby's standard puppies and one of Sally's mini puppies, all 5 photos were taken on 12-6-2010. Baby's puppy is 4 days older than Sally's puppy.
Cinnamon's mini girl
Sara's mini boy
Shelby's mini boy
Dally's Mini girl
Mesa's mini girl
Janie's mini boy
Sally's little mini girl
Farah and Kit were babysitting on puppy picture day.
Shelby's mini boy
Josie, Adult Mini Heeler and Bandit the Rat Terrier
Josie and Cayenne (adult mini & standard for size comparison)
Shelby's mini boy
Sally's Mini puppy boy at 8 weeks old
Nikki's little mini girl
Jenny's tiny tiny mini girl
Sally's mini girl
Penny girl - mug is 4 1/2 inches tall
Mesa and Baby Sister
Jenny's mini boy
Tinker and Sara's mini boys
Nikki and Sparky's Mini girl with Dixie
Notice that this TINY MINI HEELER boy is standing beside a KEY CHAIN at 5 weeks old!! (son of Precious)
Wyatt, Farah and Josie
Becky has dibs on the recliner!
Yard full of adult Mini Blue Heelers! Photos are of adult dogs not puppies.
Cinnamon girl at 6+ weeks old, globe is 6 1/2 inches tall.
Sue's mini girl
Becky's TINY ULTRA Mini Girl
Josie @ 6 weeks
To see the Mini and Standard Cattle Dog/Heeler puppies that we currently have available for sale, their photos, prices, when they can leave and photos of their parents, go to the "Cattle Dog Puppies" page. "Cattle Dog Puppies" is the bottom link on the left side of our "Home" page.
Nikki's mini girl
Baby Sister boy
Dixie's mini girl
Hondo and Tuffy's mini girls
Sue and Newt boy at 6 weeks old
Wyatt - adult Mini male (see Wyatt below standing by a red truck)
Cinnamon boy at 6+ weeks old, globe is 6 1/2 inches tall.
Nikki and Kit all grown up!
Wyatt - adult Mini male, 1/2 ton 2 wheel drive truck behind him.
Josie and Nikki; adult mini girls
Sue's mini girl
Ginger's mini boy
Shania's mini girl
Kit and her puppy boy
Calamity's girl. She looks like a stuffed animal!!
Here is one of Sally's tiny tiny mini puppies with one of Cherry's standard size puppies. These puppies were born on the same day and are exactly the same age. The first photo was take on 6-7 and the second set of photos were taken on 6-23.
Cinnamon's mini boy
Josie - ULTRA Mini - Josie is looking out our living room window at our puppy house (our puppy house is both heated and air conditioned for our puppies' and their mom's comfort), the puppy runs come right up to our house, if you look close enough you can even see the doggie doors that the puppies and their moms use to go in and out (yes, our puppies come "doggie door trained!). All of our puppies are born in our house and stay in the house with us and their moms until they are 4 weeks old. Then they move right outside our living room window so we can all watch them including Josie!
Blue's Mini girl at 6 weeks old
Sally's mini girl 5 weeks old - Look at the size of the Christmas ornament and bows beside her!
Farah and Kit
Newt - our main Mini Sire
Sally's mini boy
Cinnamon Mini Boy
Tinker's mini boy
Powder's boy and his dad Wyatt, hanging out together in the living room.
Duchess Mini puppy at 4 weeks old
Jenny - adult Mini
Sue's mini boy
Josie, Mini Heelers LOVE mud too!
Can you believe this TOTALLY TINY MINI Heeler boy is weaning age in these photos? (His mom is Precious)
To see the Mini and Standard Cattle Dog/Heeler puppies that we currently have available for sale, their photos, prices, when they can leave and photos of their parents, go to the "Cattle Dog Puppies" page. "Cattle Dog Puppies" is the bottom link on the left side of our home page.
ADULT Mini Heelers and their Mini Friends!
Nikki was a lady bug for Halloween!
Nikki girl 2
Bailey - adult Mini
Jenny, adult Mini standing under a 1/2 ton 2 wheel drive truck.
Josie - Mini @ 3 months old standing on a rail road tie
6 week old weaned son of Angie, mug is 4 1/2 inches tall.
Cinnamon's Blue Mini girl; Bella, as a baby and adult
Kit and Josie
Kit, Farah, Josie and Nikki - "I'll Be Your Huckleberry!"
Mini Heelers guarding the fence!
Cinnamon's Red Mini boy
Josie - Mini at 3 months old following Bandit the Rat Terrier.
Cinnamon adult Mini.... spoiled rotten!
Sally boy - coffee mug is 4 1/2 inches tall.
Jenny's mini boy
Josie at 3 months old, Sara is trying to get her to play.
Becky and Jenny
Newt and Chili Pepper playing
Josie 5 months old
Seriously... the little puppies is the oldest of the two! Now that is a MINI Heeler puppy!!
Here are some photos taken on 6-4-2012 of one of Becky's puppies and a YOUNGER standard size puppy. Becky's tiny little mini puppy is older than the bigger standard size puppy by several days.
Updated photos of the same 2 puppies above. Keep in mind Becky's mini puppy is the older puppy.
Spoons; Katie, Josie and Rachel
Wyatt, Josie and Jenny
Hondo's mini girl
Dusty, Cinnamon's adult mini daughter (mature wt, 17 lbs).
Mini Mom and her Mini Puppy Boy (Tinker Bell)
Sara's mini boy
Sue's mini boy
Penny's mini girl
To see the Mini and Standard Cattle Dog/Heeler puppies that we currently have available for sale, their photos, prices, when they can leave and photos of their parents, go to the "Cattle Dog Puppies" page. "Cattle Dog Puppies" is the bottom link on the left side of our "Home" page.
Mini and Standard size puppies together for size comparison, same age.
There is only 6 days difference in age between Cherry Pie's standard size puppy and Penny's little mini puppy.
Sally's mini puppy on the right is actually one day older than Lucky's standard size bigger puppy on the left.
Mini and Standard puppies together, the little red puppy is older than the bigger standard size puppy.
Sally's mini boy
Naomi girl 1 $350
Naomi girl 2
Our MINI Heelers/Cattle Dogs are 100% PUREBRED HEELERS. It has taken us years and years to breed the size down in our dogs while keeping the great Heeler personality, beautiful Heeler look and a healthy puppy that we are proud to give you a 1 Year Health Guarantee on. There is a breeder in Oregon that crosses Chihuahuas with Australian Cattle Dogs/Blue Heelers and are advertising them them as "Purebred Toy and Mini Heelers". They have recently composed a neat story saying that they have been raising Heelers for 25-30 years and have imported their dogs. All of which is a lie. The owner of the kennel contacted me personally a couple of years ago (this is 2010) all excited because they had JUST started raising "mini and toy" Heelers and using Chihuahuas to get them little...... came right from his mouth to me. We have people contact us every week with sad stories about the health problems they are having with their Chihuahua Heeler cross puppies that they have bought from these breeders. We don't care what anyone else does with their breeding program, breed all of the "exotic" or "hybrid" breeds that you want to, just be honest about it. There are also a couple of people that are now using Corgies to cross with their heelers to try to get Mini Heelers and also call them purebreds. Don't call them a purebred if they are not. I'm sure there are many people that would be happy to buy the "exotic" cross. Calling them purebreds when they are not is not fair to the buyers that are being misled and it is very unfair to the puppies who have done nothing wrong but are not what they are being sold as. Most of the mini heeler breeders that are using Chihuahuas and Corgies and calling them purebred mini heelers are in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. I know because they are calling us daily threatening and complaining at us. I guess the truth sucks for someone that is caught in a lie. BE HONEST, CALL YOUR PUPPIES WHAT THEY ARE AND SELL YOUR BREEDING PROGRAM FOR WHAT EVER THE GREAT QUALITIES ARE OF YOUR CROSS. DON'T CALL THEM PUREBREDS JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SELL YOUR CROSS BRED PUPPIES OR BECAUSE IT IS EASIER THAN THAN BUILDING A CLIENTELE FOR YOUR BREEDING PROGRAM. Remember, attacking us does not make your program legitimate. YOUR honesty and integrity, makes your program legitimate. We actually had a breeder call us on 10-24-2010 and demand to know what was wrong with using Corgis to cross with Heelers and calling them purebred mini heelers..... SERIOUSLY!!! NO JOKE!!!!!! This really JUST happened!
Our puppies are 100% Heelers. Their parents aren't crossed with any toy or mini breeds to make them small. It has taken us years and years of hard work and a lot of planning to be able to produce a beautiful healthy Heeler puppy that will mature 12-14 inches tall and 15-30 lbs. If that sounds big to you remember a standard Heeler is 16 inches or better with many over 20 inches tall and 45-65 lbs as an average. We hear from people all of the time that has a mature male Heeler that has topped 80 lbs.
If you have ever gotten puppies from me or me and my daughter "The Cowgirls", we were in Wagoner OK for many years, and you want to be on a list of breeders that have my dogs that I recommend contact me personally. Right now the ONLY breeders with my dogs that I will recommend are Meghann Jane Parker and her husband, Kadie McKinney Winesburgh and her husband, Stephanie Stafford, Amy Lisano Bedford and Gayla Shaefer. There are several more that I am going to recommend but I'm going to start here. I don't mean anything bad by leaving anyone off of the list but I'm tired and I'm drawing a blank. It has been brought to my attention that there are people breeding with my dogs that are virtually full brothers and sisters and then taking puppies from those crosses and breeding them back to my bloodlines again. Then they are trading puppies with each other and keeping it up. I don't plan on listing the breeders that I don't approve of BUT if they are not on my approved list you just consider that I DON'T approve of them. If you are considering buying a puppy from someone that you know has my bloodlines and you want to know if the puppy's parents are related or if for any other reason I DO NOT recommend them I will be happy to tell you if you contact me personally 479-252-4421.
The only people that have my permission to use my name, my website, business name or the name of any of my dogs as reference to any of their dogs, puppies or their business(s) are the people on my "Breeder Recommendation" list. Anyone else using my name, website, business name or the names of any of my dogs is doing it without permission, directly against my will and can not be trusted for any reason.
Dog breeders are the most cut throat and back stabbing people towards each other of any other business you can imagine. Because The Cowgirls Ok are the original breeders of Miniature Heelers other breeders would either like to ride on our name; whether they have ever gotten our dogs or not, to their advantage or trash it to their advantage. Everyone that has gotten puppies from me is well aware that they have to have my permission to reference my name, business, website or the names of my dogs in anyway.
Meghann Jane Parker and her husband, Kadie McKinney Winesburgh and her husband, Amy Lisano Bedford, Stephanie Stafford and Gayla Shaefer are the ONLY people with permission to reference my name and the only people that are approved breeders of my dogs (Glenda Cook, The Cowgirls, The Cowgirlsok, The Cowgirl's Cowdogs and/or the name of any dog that belongs to me.
The only people that can reference the name of any dog or puppy as out of, whelped by or sired by any of my dogs are dogs that are registered through the International Stock Dog Registry. My dogs are only registered with the International Stock Dog Registry, therefore there are no dogs with my dogs on their pedigree that are registered with any other club, registry or association. Unless someone has papers in their hands from the International Stock Dog Registry showing that my dogs are their dog or puppy's parents, they absolutely can not be believed in anyway.