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Lancashire Heeler Dog Breed

The Lancashire Heeler in existence today is actually a re-creation of the original breed which was decimated to virtual extinction. Also called the Ormskirk Heeler, the breed originated from Lancashire, England and was developed with the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier. It is a small dog, set low to the ground. It weighs around 11 to 22 pounds and has a height of 10 to 12 inches. Its legs are short in proportion to its body but they are sturdy. Its chest is long and deep and has a strong back. Its ears are large and erect, the tail is set high and carried forward over the back. It has a double layer of coat that grows long or short in season - the winter it is visibly plush and in the summertime it becomes sleek and shiny. Colour is usually black and tan.

The original Lancashire Heeler was originally bred for cattle herding but although the new breed has retained most of this ability, it is now mostly being used as a household companion. It is very alert and friendly and are good with older children. Whilst it may not be easy to obedience train, it can be trainable especially when started at an early age. It has no known major health problems and can live from 12 to 13 years.

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