Lancashire Heeler personality traits and Temperament
His character can be described in two words – smart and stubborn. These are very intelligent dogs and have a pleasing personality and ability to learn quickly.
They are very sturdily built and highly active and can perform feats that are surprising for such a small dog. This breed is characterised by a herding instinct and so has a tendency to nip at people’s feet. It has a lot of energy and has to be kept busy, so the breed cannot be categorised as an indoor pet. A place with a fenced yard is most suitable for this breed.
The breed is very devoted to the family and is extremely playful. But they are wary of strangers and not very sociable, so they make excellent guard dogs. They can be of a nervy disposition and are not generally suited to living with other pets and younger children.
They have good ratting instincts and stray bunnies or mice are good targets for some exercise. They enjoy long walks but always keep them on a leash as they have wanderlust tendencies.
The most difficult part of owning a Lancashire Heeler is to come to terms with their stubborn nature. Once the dog has made up it’s mind they really stick to their guns
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
They have a double dense coarse, shiny coat. They have a ine undercoat is covered throughout by weather resistant, short, thick, hard, flat topcoat. The top coat is slightly longer around the neck.
The Lancashire Heeler is a low maintenance dog and a regular brushing and a nice rub down with an old towel helps to keep the coat in top shape. The breed is a moderate shedder and he coat naturally goes through a moulting period once or twice a year, usually in the spring or autumn.
Trimming of nails should be regular to avoid discomfort and proper dental hygiene must be maintained
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $1100 – $1500 USD
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12 – 16 YEARS
Weight: 13-15 pounds
Height: 10–12 inches
Colors: Black & Tan, Liver & Tan
How to Train
Lancashire Heelers can and are very stubborn and if they do not want to do something they simply won’t. Very firm training methods are required to get the best out of this dog. The owner or trainer must be consistent and ready for a battle of wills.
Socialising has to be started at an early age. They have to be acclimatised to other pets, family members, friends, traffic etc. They must be taught not to nip at peoples leg through positive reinforcement techniques. This is a vice that is hard to get rid of as it a built in instinct.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: they are relatively easy to feed. They are not fussy dogs and will eat anything that is put down to them. Avoid fatty foods and foods containing preservatives
Health problems: They suffer from numerous eye disorders like Collie eye anatomy, Lens luxation and persistant papillary membranes. As with other small breeds patellar luxation is a major issue. They are also prone to back injury
Lancashire Heeler mixed breeds
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Best female and male dog names
You can name your Lancashire Heeler as Bullet or Bubba (only 2 names) if he is a male and Emma or Brandy if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
For dog adoptions browse the page about how to adopt a Lancashire Heeler
Lancashire Heeler Pictures and Videos
Photo Credits: Samuel Koch.