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Lancashire Heeler Breed Summary
Intelligent, Energetic, Excitable, Friendly and Alert
These doggies are a very vulnerable breed within the UK, which is unfortunate as they are so lovely! They boast high intelligence, are very friendly and love to go on long walkies. Additionally, they are well known for their fantastic hunting abilities! Because Lancashire Heelers have so much energy, they are better when they have something to do to keep them busy.
They get on very well with mature and slightly older children and absolutely love to take part into interactive games! Their extreme loyalty and kind natures also mean that they naturally thrive within a home environment.
Fun Fact: Originally, they were called 'Nip and Duck Dogs' as this was the way that they got Livestock to move!
|Kennel Club Group||Pastoral|
|Lifespan||9 - 15 years|
|Height (at the withers)||25 - 30 cm at the withers|
|Weight||3 - 6 kg|
|Coat||Coats are Double, Consisting of a Fine Undercoat and a Dense, Short, Hard and Flat Topcoat|
|Colour||Black & Tan, Liver & Tan|
|Common health issues||Primary lens luxation (PLL), Collie eye anomaly (CEA), Hereditary cataracts (HC), Persistant Pupillary Membrane (PPM), Patella luxation|
|Other Names||Ormskirk Heeler, Ormskirk Terrier|
Lancashire Heelers are known for being very intelligent doggies, which makes training them a fairly easy job! However, training and socialisation must start as early as possible in order to shape a happy and well-rounded doggy. Additionally, they have extremely high energy levels and therefore need lots of exercise, walkies and playtime. For this reason, they would best suit a family who already lead an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into. These doggies also have a tendency to nip on things that are closest to them when they get a little over-excited, although they would never bite. Additionally they make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness and wariness towards strangers. Overall, they make lovely family pets and have the ability to provide you with years of joy and happiness.
The history behind these doggies is a mystery to all, although it's thought they may have been around since the 1600's. It's thought they may have been created by crossing Corgis with Manchester Terriers and were originally used to move cattle from Ormskirk to markets in Wales. Additionally, they have also been used to hunt and control vermin on farms, making them an all-rounded and highly prized doggy! They were thought of as 'part of the family' by farmers and believed to be honourable gifts to receive. They were only recognised by the Kennel Club in 1981, but were already falling in numbers, and are now a very rare breed. Anyone wanting a Heeler would therefore have to register their interest with a breeder and be placed on a waiting list.