Lancashire Heeler

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
Overview
Originating during the 1960s, the Lancashire Heeler was developed as a herder and driver of cattle and sheep. They are the smallest of the English herding dogs and were also adept at hunting and catching both rabbits and rats. Today this breed continues to be used as a working dog and companion. Lancashire Heeler's are relatively rare in North America.

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Character
The Lancashire Heeler breed is sturdy, strong, hardy, and well-built. They are agile, athletic, and quick-witted. this breed is energetic, hard-working, and alert.

Does your Lancashire Heeler bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
This Lancashire Heeler breed is extremely affectionate and loyal. The Lancashire Heeler does best in a home with older considerate children. They do well with dogs and other household pets. Lancashire Heeler's are wary and suspicious of strangers and will alert their family to visitors and danger.
Care
Lancashire Heeler's require weekly brushing with a wire brush. Bathing should be done when necessary. This breed is prone to such health issues as Collie Eye Anomaly, Patella Luxation, and Primary Lens Luxation.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Lancashire Heeler is a double coat breed. The outer coat is weather-resistant, thick, short, hard, and flat. The hair around the neck is slightly longer. The under coat is fine in texture. This breed sheds seasonally in Spring and Fall.
Training
With the Lancashire Heeler breed, early socialization and obedience training is recommended. As a herding breed, they must be taught not to nip and herd people. The Lancashire Heeler requires a dominant handler as they have a tendency to be stubborn and difficult. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Lancashire Heeler puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Lancashire Heeler breed will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised and given proper mental stimulation. They thrive on and enjoy securely leashed walks, free-play in a securely fenced yard, herding, and family activities. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 20; Female: 18 lbs
Height
Male: 12; Female: 10 inches
Color(s)
Black and Tan

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Lancashire Heeler Questions

How long do Lancashire Heelers live and if they have health issues, what are they?

Answer:
My Lancashire Heeler is now 15 1/2 years old and still going strong, wants a walk every chance he gets. Twice a day he goes for at least 2 miles! He had problems early in life because a car hit him before I adopted him, but he is fine now and wants to chase anything that comes around- cats/birds especially!! They are wonderful and extremely smart!!! Older kids are good but not small children so much. I LOVE my baby!! He is my heart!!!

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