Meet the Lancashire Heeler!
Behavior common of the Lancashire Heeler
The Lancashire Heeler is known as a herding dog but can perform many other duties as well. It can also be a retriever, an excellent hunting dog and has even been used as a dog that helps people with disabilities. It has a strong work ethic and desire to please, which can help quite a bit when it comes to training. This is a breed that needs lots of exercise and will always want to be running or walking to help burn off some energy. It is important to always try to keep it stimulated physically and mentally so that the dog maintains its good demeanor and obedience level.
The Lancashire Heeler is a good companion dog for adults and also for older children. It can be very affectionate toward family members and will always stay by their sides to help them out or protect them. Exercise and socialization are keys to keeping their energy level in check and any nervousness at bay. Since they are herding dogs, they will have a tendency to try and herd adults, children and even other pets that may be in the family, particularly cats.
Appearance of the Lancashire Heeler
Even though it is a herding dog, the Lancashire Heeler is actually quite a small dog. Unlike other herding dogs that twenty or thirty pounds or even more, these dogs typically only weigh about seven or eight pounds at the most. The natural sturdiness and strength found in its body more than make up for its size. The length of the dog is actually more than its typical height.
The Lancashire Heeler has a short, flat and hard coat, which is often needed in herding breeds. The coat is most often seen as black and tan though it can occasionally also be a liver and tan color. The lips of the dog are often pulled back, showing its teeth almost as if it is always smiling at you. The tail of the dog is known to curve over its back end. The dog is noted for having rather large ears that stand upright and also for its unique front feet that are turned outward.
Grooming your Lancashire Heeler
Grooming of the Lancashire Heeler can be quite easy for any owner. All you really need is a brush with some firm bristles and brush the dog occasionally to make sure the coat is free of tangles or any debris to keep it nice and shiny. The coat of this dog changes in length depending on the season, so in the winter the coat will be naturally longer and need a bit more attention. Bathing only needs to be done as it is needed for your dog.
History or the Lancashire Heeler
The Lancashire Heeler has been around since the early 1600s. It is thought that it may be across of a Welsh Corgi and a Manchester Terrier and perhaps have some Dachshund or even a few other breeds mixed in as well. Used mainly as a herding dog, the dog began to disappear from existence as herding became less and less of a necessity. It came back in the 1960s and is bred mainly today as a companion dog though it can still be found as a herding dog in parts of Britain. It is also quite popular in Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands and in the United States. It can also be found under the name of the Ormskirk Terrier.