I am hoping to adopt an 8 month old Blue Heeler/Lab mix from a local shelter. Any information on the mix anyone can give me would be appreciated. My last dog (a Sheltie) was great at obedience trials (We even brought home a couple of ribbons...) I am hoping to get Jenna into both obedience and agility training. Thanks for the help.......
Having had Heelers most of my life growing up, I can tell you what a great breed they are. They are incredibly intelligent but have a few inground habits you should be aware of. For starters, they heel things...anything..the kids running around, other dogs, bikes, skateboards, cars, etc. Mine used to pull our sleds out from underneath us as kids! LOL! They can be highly driven and intense dogs. Another issue can be dog aggression..typically same sex. (I wouldn't suggest male/male pairs or female/female pairs) Your dog, being a mix, may not have those issues to the degree a pure heeler would, but I think they are things to be aware of.
I really couldn't tell you what to expect with the mix. I've been around alot of labs, but they are not a real favorite breed of mine. I think the combo would probably make a great agility dog...highly driven and motivated to learn. Share some pics when you can.
Have lots of fun with her. I own an Australian Cattle Dog (blue heeler), Phantom and you can teach her just about anything. The #1 most important tip is keep their mind and body busy. A good ACD is a tired ACD. They can be territorial and dominant, but as long as you stay on top of them, they will be fine. Phantom had a bit of an aggression issue, but once I confronted her she went back to her normal self (bouncing off the walls).