Lancashire Heeler Description
The average height for the breed is 10-12 inches. The average weight it 6 to 13 pounds. The coat of a Lancashire Heeler is smooth. The coat color most commonly seen on the breed is black and tan. Liver and tan is also a color combination occasionally found in the breed. Their country of origin is England but little else is known about the breed’s creation. What is known is that the original Lancashire Heelers were used to herd cattle. The need for cattle dogs dwindled and the original Lancashire Heelers numbers declined til the point of extinction. The breed was re-created some time later. The new breed of Lancashire Heeler is practically identical to the old breed. The new breed was created by mixing Welsh Corgis and Manchester Terriers. Today Lancashire Terriers are used as companion dogs.
Also Known As
- Lancashire Terrier
- Ormskirk Heeler
Country of Origin
Lancashire Heelers are very friendly to people they are comfortable with. They are not trusting at first, their trust must be gained. They are a strong breed despite their size. They make a wonderful companion for adults but do not adjust well in households with young children. Training a Lancashire Heeler can be a challenge but it is possible. A trait that is nearly impossible to break the breed of is nipping. They were originally bred to herd cattle and did so by nipping at the heels of the cows.
The Lancashire Heeler is a very healthy breed. They have been known to occasionally suffer from hereditary eye diseases such as Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). It is very important that you get you Lancashire Heeler tested for these diseases when they are young so they can receive the proper treatment. As with most smaller breeds of dog Patella Luxation, or slipping kneecaps can occur.
Unlike other smaller breeds, the Lancashire Heeler has a great deal of energy. You must keep you Lancashire Heeler busy and entertained. They enjoy walks and general play. Having chew toys easily accessible at all times is a must with this breed.
Special Grooming Needs
The Lancashire Heeler is an easy breed to groom. Brushing or combing the hair with a hard-bristled brush will help maintain a healthy-looking coat. Only bathe your Lancashire Heeler when necessary. It is important to keep their nails trimmed short as they tend to grow fast.