are red heeler pups always born white?
on May 22nd 2009
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I have heard that Australian Cattle Dogs (aka Blue/red heelers, queensland heelers) have Dalmation in their bloodline so they are born white.
I'm not positive, just think I've heard that somewhere.
Zackintosh CJ answered on 5/23/09. Helpful? / 0
As far as I know, yes, purebred heeler puppies are born white, although they will also have their solid red/blue/black markings. You can also tell by looking at their paw pads what color they will be when they are older. The dog's coat gradually changes to its adult pattern as the ticking gene is expressed. Genetically speaking, I think the ACD/Heeler is technically considered a white dog which carries the ticking gene, as opposed to a merle.
Heelers can be red or blue, although miscolors of chocoalate or yellow/cream are also possible. Red/Blue Heelers are also called Australian Cattle Dogs. Here is an interesting article on coat color inheritance:
If you scroll to the bottom, there is a picture of a litter of newborn pups.
Zack answered on 5/23/09. Helpful? / 0