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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Lancashire Heeler

 

Lancashire Heeler

 

Description

The Lancashire Heeler is of the small breed variety and was developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle in Lancashire England and used to drive the livestock by nipping at their heels.  They began to go out of fashion when herd dogs were no longer necessary for the task. They were "re-created" in the 1960s, by cross-breeding the Welsh Corgi with the Manchester Terrier.

 

Temperament

This alert, friendly, energetic, intelligent and pleasant companion may look like a heeler, but it is actually a very strong dog with great hunting instincts, making it an excellent hunting dog as well as a great family pet. Because of the Heeler's intelligence it does well with older children however, it has a strong herd instinct and may nip at the heels of people and other pets, so obedience training to correct this trait is necessary. Obedience training is difficult, but not impossible.

 

Appearance

Height:  10-12in (25-31cm)

Weight:  6-13lbs  (3-6kg)

The Lancashire Heeler stands only about a foot high and is lowset to the ground making the legs short in relationship to the rest of the body. The legs are sturdy, however, with the paws turned slightly outwards and the head in proportion with the body. With eyes set wide apart, ears that prick up and a tail which is set high and curled forward over the back but not forming a complete ring. The coat mainly seen in black and tan (and sometimes liver and tan) varies according to season where in the winter a mane grows and the coat is plush and in the summer it becomes sleek and shiny.   

 

Grooming

They are relatively easy to groom as their hair is rather short and smooth. A rubber grooming mitt and the occasional comb is all that is necessary to keep this dog tidy and should be carried out at least once a week. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming salon provides these services.

 

Life Expectancy

12 - 15 years 

 

Health Concerns

There is a small incidence of hereditary eye diseases such as Collie Eye Anomaly and Primary Lens Luxation. As with other small breeds, there may be an occasional case of Patella Luxation (slipping kneecap).   As it is such a long dog, it may have back problems, but is generally muscular enough to not have these problems.

 

Suitability

This breed will do okay without a yard as long as they are frequently exercised on a regular basis to keep it happy. They will also do okay in colder climates as long as they have proper shelter.

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Working Dogs; This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds and rescue for example. A few in this group include Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Border Collie to mention a few.

 

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