Lancashire Heeler Breed Standard

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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 on parallel
planes.
Eyes
Almond-shaped, medium size, dark colour except in liver where they may be lighter to match coat colour.
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 2.5 cms (1 in) 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 cowhocked.
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 hightly undesirable.
Colour
Black or liver with rich tan marking on muzzle, spots on cheeks and often above eyes, from knees downwards, with
desirable thumb-mark above feet, inside hindlegs and under tail. Richness of tan may fade with age. White to be
discouraged, except for a very small spot on forechest being permitted, but not desired. Pigmentation to tone with
coat colour.
Size
Ideal height at shoulder: dogs: 30 cms (12 ins); bitches: 25 cms (10 ins).
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.
Photo courtesy of Mongrels Kennel www.mongrelskennel.com
Copyright 2007 The United States Lancashire Heeler Club