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Listed as a vulnerable breed by the UK Kennel Club, the Lancashire Heeler is a small dog developed to herd cattle and other livestock to market.
The origins of the Lancashire Heeler are not clearly defined, but it has been suggested that when cattle were herded from Wales by Corgis to slaughter in the Ormskirk area, the 'Welsh Heeler' met the Manchester Terrier with obvious results. Certainly, the breed is found in that area and has been bred there for many generations.
The Heeler is an intelligent, eager-to-please fellow, with a love for people; it enjoys being with children. Being trainable under a firm and kind owner; it can be a handful if not kept occupied as it is possessed of a prodigious amount of energy in its small frame. Getting excited, it can revert to its calling and take a nip at the rear end of anyone who is handy. However, it is not a 'biter', and is content with warning the intruder by noise accompanied by a furiously wagging tail.
It has a hearty appetite to go with the super-abundant energy. It requires only a damp chamois-leather and a quick brush to restore it to acceptable in-house cleanliness. Reasonably friendly to other dogs, it has a tendency to be the pack-leader. If it lives with other pack-leader candidates, this may cause problems. It is tough, basically very sound in construction, and doesn't ail a great deal, although it might be hard to tell if it is out of sorts as it doesn't like to admit it.
★ The Lancashire Heeler has a unique characteristic - The Heeler smile. When content, Heelers have been known to draw back their lips in an effort to emulate a human smile;
★ The Lancashire Heeler is a rare breed, numbering only around 5,000 worldwide;
★ Since July 1, 2009, the American Kennel Club deemed the Lancashire Heeler eligible to compete in Champion and Performance events;
★ In 2003, the breed Lancashire Heeler was placed on the endangered breed list of the Kennel Club, UK, due to the small number of dogs composing the gene pool and the risk of several inherited diseases;
★ The Lancashire Heeler is truly a versatile breed. The heeler works to this day as a herder and ratter, a gun dog, a retriever and a handicap assistance dog.
This small but sturdy dog generally weighs anywhere from 6 to 13 lb at a height of 10 to 12 in. The Lancashire Heeler has a dense double coat, seen in a black and tan or a liver and tan colouring.
This dog breed is smart, happy and thus a good family pet. Due to its history, the Lancashire Heeler has a tendency to want to herd and may nip at people's heels if it is not trained obedience at an early age. This breed is known for an innate ability to hunt mice and rabbits.
The Lancashire Heeler requires minimal coat maintenance; however, this breed is very active. It, therefore, requires daily exercise. This small dog will do fine without a backyard as long as it has plenty of play and exercise.
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