History of the Heeler To purchase college research papers or an article similar to the one below you can leave a simple-worded request via the form. Long ago, drovers once pushed small herds of cattle and sheep to markets by foot. Without the modern convenience of trucks, the drovers needed something to help them along the journey. That help came in the many forms of dogs. Long legged collie type dogs were used to herd cattle, and bring the strays back to the bunch. But another type of dog was needed to hurry the bunch along, to keep the slower animals walking but without causing injury to them (which would result in a reduced sale price). A small dog that could nip at the heels but be quick enough to avoid being kicked...
...After the drive, many dogs strayed or were left behind. In the town of Ormskirk, from these small dogs, a new type of black and tan dog appeared. Butchers used them for bringing single beasts to the slaughter house. Farmers liked them for general work, such as herding, ratting and rabbiting. A new breed was born. ~~~~ It's been written that the Heeler is a cross between a Manchester Terrier and a Welsh Corgi, this would account for his terrier-like nature and heeling abilities. But being that he is more of a self made breed than a man made one, there are great possibilities that there were other breeds added to the mix.
At any rate, the Heeler has remained a picture of his history... Short and Sweet.
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