Blue Heeler's gait

Do blue heeler's typically have a pacing gait? My dog paces instead of the normal dog trot. Is this common to blue heelers?

Asked by Member 968406 on Feb 25th 2010 Tagged blueheelergaitpacing in Blue Heeler
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yes. They are usually built like a square.
See your breeds link

Very nice info there. And if you scroll to the very bottom you have a link to the standard which perhaps will give you gaiting information

Some dogs will pace also when they become more tired. This gate the dog uses to rest while still moving. It takes very little energy to pace and then once they get rested they will run or trot again.

Dieta answered on 2/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Pacing usually results when the dog has a better angulated front than rear or better rear angulation than front. Dieta is correct in that this gait uses less energy, but, according to her own link, the Heeler should be longer than high, not built square like poodles and many other breeds. A square dog uses more energy to cover ground than a dog with a longer back and is more likely to lack the endurance of the herding dogs. This is why most herding breeds are built longer than high.
If you increase the dog's speed, they will usually stop pacing and begin to extend their gait into the forward left front, right rear or right front, left rear gait which covers more ground than a pace.

Member 641257 answered on 2/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer