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Lancashire Heeler
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Lancashire Heeler at a dog show.
Other names Ormskirk Heeler
Ormskirk Terrier
Country of origin England
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The Lancashire Heeler is a small breed of dog developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle. The Lancashire Heeler is listed by the Kennel Club (UK) as a vulnerable breed.

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Description

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Appearance

The coat is harsh and smooth with an undercoat which keeps the dog dry in all weathers.It may have a slight mane round the neck in winter. The dog is usually black and tan, but liver and tan is now recognised by the Kennel Club. Females are preferably about 10 in (25 cm) high, the dogs usually being slightly larger up to a maximum of 12 in (30 cm). It weighs approximately 11 to 22 pounds (5-10 kg). They are slightly longer than height at withers. Ears can be tipped or erect. This sturdy recreation is developed in 1960s from mainly Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier crosses.

Temperament

It is alert, friendly, energetic, intelligent and a pleasant companion. It is actually a very strong dog that likes to participate in all kinds of activities.

Health

The Lancashire Heeler has a life expectancy of 12 - 15 years or more. They are prone to certain inherited eye conditions, such as Primary Lens Luxation, Collie Eye Anomaly, Hereditary Cataract and Persistent Pupillary Membrane.

History

Lancashire Heelers used to drive livestock by nipping at their heels. It was often referred to as a 'butcher's dog' and is also known as an 'Ormskirk Heeler'

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Grooming

The grooming of this dog is easy to manage, for a a brisk brushing will do well to make their coats shine. They do not have very long hair.


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