Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler is a small-sized breed of dog originating in the United Kingdom. It is a working dog that has historically been used to assist in hunting and herding livestock. Despite its small size, it is a hardy and athletic dog.

General details

The Lancashire Heeler is a small, compact dog, with an average height of 25 to 30 cm and a weight of 3.5 to 6.5 kg. The average life expectancy of this breed is around 12 to 15 years. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the Lancashire Heeler belongs to Group 1, which includes Shepherd Dogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).

Breed history in brief

The Lancashire Heeler is a breed of dog originating from the county of Lancashire in northern England. Although its exact origin is unknown, it is believed to have been developed in the region from crosses between the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier in the 17th century. Originally, the Lancashire Heeler was used as a working dog on farms and ranches to herd sheep and cows. Its small size and agility allowed it to move quickly and easily among the livestock. In some cases, it was also used to hunt small animals such as rabbits and mice. Today, the Lancashire Heeler is still a working dog on some farms and ranches, but it has also become popular as a pet.

Breed characteristics

The Lancashire Heeler is a small, compact dog, with a low, well-balanced body. Its head is proportional to the body, with dark colored oval eyes and triangular shaped ears that are raised alertly. A distinctive feature of this breed is its short, pointed tail that is often carried high. Their coat is short, soft and dense, with a thinner undercoat that conforms to the body. The most common colors are black and tan, and solid red and solid brown are also permitted. They are active and agile dogs, often having high intelligence and a high level of energy. They are loyal and affectionate to their owners and have a strong protective instinct.

Common health problems

The Lancashire Heeler dog breed may have certain hereditary diseases such as patellar luxation, cherry eye syndrome, hip dysplasia, congenital deafness and progressive retinal atrophy.

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