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UNITED STATES LANCASHIRE HEELER CLUB

Affectionate, Versatile, and Intelligent

Welcome to the United States Lancashire Heeler Club where the smallest drovers in the world will captivate you and steal your heart. These smart, sturdy, compact dogs will charm you and challenge you in equal measure! The USLHC was formed in 2007 to promote the breed in the United States and to inform Heeler owners and would-be Heeler owners about this amazing little dog. Tour our site and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about these rare gems.

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LANCASHIRE HEELER BREED HISTORY

What we know about Lancashire Heelers

What we know about Lancashire Heelers

The origin of the Lancashire Heeler varies by what source one reads. According to Iris Combe’s work;  

Herding Dogs-Their Origins and Development in Britain–

Opinion varies considerably as to whether these dogs are related to the corgi or not. Some authorities are convinced that this is so, while others believe the differences outweigh the similarities. Some researchers feel the heeler is most likely a local variety of corgi or spitz dog which has been kept for generations within one particular district, in the same way as the Cardigan or Pembroke corgis. The only real evidence of his origin is that of his role of butcher’s heeler in Lancashire.

Ms. Combe goes on to say that there were at one time two distinct varieties: the Lancashire terrier type (black and tan similar to the Manchester terrier) and the Ormskirk type, which had white marking added to the coat and were a little longer in the leg. Ms. Combe says this about the old time use of the LHs:

UK Breed Theory:

BREED INFOMATION

HEELER HISTORY

There is little known about the origin of this breed. It is printed in many publications that the Lancashire Heeler is a cross between the Manchester Terrier and the Welsh Corgi.

The breed is said to have originated when Welsh Farmers used the services of Drovers to drive cattle to the Northern Cattle Markets, the two breeds met and the Lancashire Heeler was born. The farmers liked these small black and tan dogs, as when used to bring wayward sheep and cattle back to the herd, they did not injure the animals they controlled them by a sharp nip to the back of the heel.

The Lancashire Heeler is also known as the Ormskirk Heeler and they have been used as working dogs on farms in the Lancashire area for hundreds of years and though a little known breed they are still working on farms today.

The Lancashire Heeler was first recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1981. The breed was then placed on the Rare Breeds Register. The Lancashire Heeler is the smallest of all the Working and Herding Breeds.

1999 brought big changes for the breed in the show ring, the breed was moved into the newly formed Pastoral Group and was awarded CC's for the first time. Also the Brown (Liver and Tan) Heeler received Kennel Club approval to be included in the breed standard.

CURRENT STATUS

The American Kennel Club (AKC) maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and currently lists 189 breeds. There is a process to list a breed with the AKC, and the USLHC embarked on that process over 10 years ago with the formation of the US Lancashire Heeler Club. Club members registered their dogs with the AKC FSS (Foundation Stock Service). This was the first step taken towards full breed recognition by the AKC.

Three years ago, the club started the process to move from FSS to Miscellaneous Class by making a written request of the AKC. To qualify for Miscellaneous Class the criteria was met. Today, the USLHC continues to pursue full breed recognition by registering dogs born in the U.S., participating in conformation shows, agility, obedience, rally, workshops, seminars and breed ambassador opportunities. Participation in these events as well as titles won are recorded and periodically provided to the AKC in an update report.



The following is a status update on the USLHC progress towards full AKC recognition. 

COMPLETED:

Eligibility to request Miscellaneous Class Status requires:

  1. Parent Club designated to represent the breed-USLHC

  2. A breed entering the FSS® is based upon being an established breed in a foreign registry must have reached full recognition status.

  3. The Club has balloted the membership to seek AKC recognition.

  4. Breed Standard reviewed to meet AKC Breed Standard Guidelines.

  5. Minimum of 150 dogs enrolled with three-generation pedigrees.

  6. Formal presentation for AKC club status is sent to Club Relations for review and bylaw commentary to follow, if necessary.

  7. Request to move into Miscellaneous was submitted to AKC Board – date of entry January 1, or on or about July 1.

TO DO:

  1. While in the Miscellaneous Class the club will be working with a facilitator, a Delegate from the Parent Club Delegate Committee, to gain further understanding of the responsibilities of a Parent Club. 

  2. The Parent Club self -study materials will be provided to the club to utilize as they develop.

  3. In PROCESS - Club Business and Annual Meeting/Election to be conducted in accordance with constitution and bylaws.

  4. In PROCESS - Constitution and bylaws, to be reviewed by Club Relations, revisions recommended to be made and approved by the club membership.

  5. In PROCESS - Minutes of Board and Annual Meeting submitted and reviewed.

  6. In PROCESS - Membership updated annually, including a separate electronic membership list upload using officer issued access code.

  7. Being Researched - Parent Club conducts minimum of two Open Shows for all Miscellaneous and FSS breeds (minimum of six months apart, geographically distributed).

  8. Confirmation of Board approved interest in applying for Member Club status.

  9. In PROCESS - Membership growth to approximately 100 members, with reasonable geographic distribution

  10. In PROCESS - Minimum of ten dogs earning Certificate of Merit (CM) titles owned by Parent Club members, at this time we have one CM LH

  11. In PROCESS - Growth in registration of litters and dogs to a minimum of 300 dogs with three-generation pedigrees

  12. In PROCESS - A minimum of 20 litters bred and enrolled while the breed is in Miscellaneous to ensure that the breed is established and sustainable

  13. In PROCESS - Minimum of three Judges Education Seminars conducted by the Parent Club while in the Miscellaneous Class, the Judges’ Education ppt has been started. We are looking for members that show conformation at AKC shows to be a part of this process.

  14. In PROCESS - Judges Education course developed in collaboration with AKC Staff to be made available on the AKC Canine College for the purpose of providing of providing educational opportunities for prospective judges of the breed

  15. COMPLETED - Yes, as of July 1, 2019 - A minimum of one year has elapsed since entering the Miscellaneous Class

  16. Normally breeds remain in the Miscellaneous Class one to three years. Advancement to full registration will be contingent on growth in enrollment of dogs in FSS® and participation in AKC events. However, breeds with 1,000 or more dogs enrolled in FSS® may be evaluated after six months in Miscellaneous, these breeds will remain in the Miscellaneous Class a minimum of 18 months. Breeds with less than 1,000 dogs will be evaluated at the end of each year in Miscellaneous. When all criteria are met the information is presented to the AKC Board of Directors for approval to move to full AKC recognition and breed conformation competition.


It is challenging to participate in the AKC recognition programs, but the USLHC members believe it is well worth the effort required to introduce this tiny drover to the U.S.

PROTECTING FUTURE HEALTH

The USLHC is committed to healthy Lancashire Heelers for the future. The club has joined with the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) to guide US Breeders to healthy disease free breeding for future generations of Lancashire Heelers. Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) and Patellar Luxation are three required tests that breeders must perform to qualify for a CHIC number in the OFA database. The USLHC recommends the above listed basic health screening tests for all breeding stock. 

Notes:

In addition to the breed specific requirements above, a CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.

CHIC numbers generate automatically once all requirements have been recorded at the OFA. Foreign-born dogs must have clearances from their country's equivalent and must meet the age requirements for evaluation. CHIC numbers for foreign born dogs with foreign health screening results may qualify for CHIC, but their numbers will not generate automatically. Results must be manually forwarded to the OFA (fees apply) and CHIC numbers requested after a review.

JOIN US!

With our organization’s mission always in mind, our focus is to build a membership of like-minded Lancashire Heeler enthusiasts. If you feel that you could contribute to the dedicated, focused members please email brokenwings1@bellsouth.net for an application. We would love to have you as a part of the United States Lancashire Heeler team!

BREED STANDARD

General Appearance

Small, powerful, sturdily built, alert energetic worker.


Characteristics

Works cattle but has terrier instincts when rabbiting and ratting.


Temperament

Courageous, happy, affectionate to owner.


Head and Skull

In proportion to body. Skull flat and wide between ears, tapering towards eyes which are set wide apart. Moderate stop equidistant between nose and occiput. Tapering continues towards nose. Skull and muzzle to be parallel planes.


Eyes

Almond-shaped, medium size, dark color except in liver where they may be lighter to match coat color.


Ears

Showing alert lift, or erect. Drop ears showing no lift undesirable.


Mouth

Lips firm. Scissor bite – jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and Set Square to the jaws. Under or overshot to be discouraged.


Neck

Moderate length, well laid into shoulders.

Forequarters

Well laid shoulder, elbows firm against ribs. Amply boned. Pasterns allow feet to turn slightly outwards, but not enough to cause weakness or affect freedom of movement.

Body

Well sprung ribbing, extending well back with close coupling. Firm, level topline, never dipping at withers or falling at croup. Approximately 1 inch longer than height at withers. (Measured from withers to set on of tail)


Hindquarters

Muscular, with well-turned stifles, hocks well let down. From rear should be parallel, when moving or standing. Never bandy or cow hocked.


Feet

Small, firm and well padded.


Tail

Set on high, left natural. Carried over back in a slight curve when alert, but not forming a complete ring.


Gait/Movement

Smart and brisk. Natural, free movement.


Coat

Fine undercoat is covered throughout by weather resistant, short, thick, hard, flat topcoat. Topcoat slightly longer on neck. Undercoat should not show through topcoat nor allow any longer hair at the mane to stand off. Long or excessively wavy coat highly undesirable.

Color

Black or liver with tan marking on muzzle, spots on cheeks and often above eyes, from knees downwards, with desirable thumb-mark above feet, inside handles and under tail. Richness of tan may fade with age. White to be discouraged, except for a very small spot on fore chest being permitted, but not desired. Pigmentation to tone with coat color.


Size

Ideal height at shoulder: dogs-12 inches, bitches-10 inches.

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

With our organization’s mission always in mind, the following are the current Officers of the club.

President: Sheryl Bradbury  

Vice President: Beverly Morgan Lewis

Treasurer: Patricia Blankenship

Secretary: Meaghan Thacker

Alternate Board Member: Karen Mason

If you are interested in volunteering to work on a committee or hold an office with the club just let us know. 

Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

 
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