Small, powerful, reliably built, alert and an energetic worker, the Lancashire healer works cattle, but has a terrier instinct when rubbing and ratting. He has a unique feature called Healer Smile; When content, the healer has been known to draw back his lips in an attempt that emulates a human smile. In 2003, the breed was introduced to the Kennel Club, U.K., due to the number of dogs that count the gene pool and the risk of many inherited diseases. Was placed on the endangered breeds list.
The Lancashire Healer has a history dating back to the 17th century, but the exact origin of the breed is unknown. However, it is commonly accepted that a type of Welsh Corgi was used to drive stock in the Lancashire market in North Wales. There is a small black and tan dog known as the butcher’s dog, which was common in the Ormskirk area of West Lancashire. Possible ancestors of this dog include Korgi and the Manchester Terrier.
These useful farm dogs were bred for generations within this particular district, developing their own characteristics. Once bonded as cattle herders and a rapper, these friendly little dogs gained popularity as a wonderful family dog.
This breed was introduced in the U.K. in 1981. Was recognized by the Kennel Club in 2003 and was considered a weak native breed in 2003.
Today, there is a growing interest in this great Companion Dog who happily participates in events of obedience, agility, rally and herring. The Lancashire Healer has gained popularity in the US, Sweden, the Netherlands and Australia.
Good things come in small packages. The Lancashire Heeler is a strong and attentive little worker bee that moves neatly and quickly.
Dogs with strong, short legs, are slightly longer than they are tall, Lancashire Heelers. They carry their tails with a slight curl towards the sky. Their broad, flattened heads shrink slightly, and their almond-shaped eyes are set wide.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
The Lancashire Healer is a breed that can move from the field to the show ring. Their short, hard, flat coat is dense and waterproof, requiring little grooming. A light brushing and occasional bathing will keep your healer happy and clean. Nails should be trimmed, if needed, with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracks. The ear should be examined regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which may result in infection. The teeth should be brushed regularly.
Intelligent and sharp in learning, the Lancashire healer may have a mind of his own, so training should be kind but firm. They are attentive and affectionate to their owners, ready whenever they are asked. Although sometimes wary of strangers, once they have been introduced, they will gladly greet their visitor with licks and kisses.
The Lancashire Healer loves exercise, human interaction and mental stimulation. They may demand your attention or hold back somewhat, but are always eager to play or just by your side. Exercise options include playing time in the backyard, preferably being fired, or taking a walk several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, such as sneaking around, chasing a rolled ball on the floor, or learning new tricks. Swimming, hiking, and some outdoor activities such as balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for spending energy. If you live in an apartment, even a short walk in the hallway can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. Training for dog sports such as agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.
The Lancashire Healer should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
USLHC is committed to a healthy Lancashire Healer for the future. The club has teamed up with the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) to guide US breeders for healthy disease-free breeding for future generations of the Lancashire Healer. Primary lens luxation (PLL) coli i anomaly (CEA) and patellar laxation are three essential tests that breeders must perform in order to qualify for the CHIC number in the OFA database. The USLHC recommends the above listed basic health screening tests for all breeding stocks.
Recommended health tests from the parent club: