The Lancashire Heeler dog is original from Britain, where he was developed to hunt rabbits and rats at home and to drive cattle on the field. He is an intelligent and sometimes mischievous companion dog.
Breeders developed this dog to drive cattle to the marketplace. When he was not doing this job he would hunt rats and rabbits at home. The origin of this multifaceted dog is unknown. Some say that he is the result of the cross between the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier from Lancashire.
Registers of a dog resembling the Lancashire Heeler dog can be found as far back as the 16th century. In the 1960s, new interest in this dog breed increased his popularity.
Their harsh and smooth coat helps to keep the dog dry at all times. The coat is usually black and tan, but he can also be liver and tan. Ideally, his height is 12 inches and 10 inches for females. Their weight is approximately 14 pounds.
The Lancashire Heeler dog is intelligent, playful, friendly, alert, energetic, and a great companion. However, their personality may vary and can go from very active and energetic to lazy and playful. These dogs are usually friendly, even with bypassers but will show himself aggressive if a stranger enters his territory.
Caring for a Lancashire Heeler dog
This herding dog is active and requires plenty of exercise. A one-hour walk will be enough for this breed. He is very playful, so make sure he has some playing time.
Train the Lancashire starting at an early age. He is an intelligent dog with a mind of his own. This can make him really stubborn and a challenge to train. Make sure you train him with a firm and consistent hand. Always use positive reinforcement. Harsh methods will teach him to fear you or could even lead him to been aggressive towards you.
- He is also known as the Ormskirk Terrier.
- The Lancashire Heeler is a very rare breed with only 5,000 in the world.
- A unique characteristic: they smile. When happy, these dogs draw back their lips in an effort to emulate a human smile.
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