The Heeler originates from the county of Lancashire, in the north west of England. Since the 15th century, it's been known as the dog of farmers. It's been used for driving cattle and for catching rats and wild rabbits The Heeler is also known as companions to race horses, and for helping fishermen to keep birds away from their catch. The breed is also known for its loyalty to its owner.

The Heeler is very "intelligent" and can make many different sounds when "talking" to its owner. To say that the breed is "intelligent", isn't the same as saying that you don't have to raise it or teach it to do different things. If you don't, it will take things in "it's own paws", and then you never know what will happen. The Heeler is a true humorist, and it's fairly common that it "laughs" by showing its upper row of teeth. The versatility of the breed has made it very popular as pet dog. For the pensioner, who wants company when going out for a walk, as well as for the teenager, who likes agility and other similar activities.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Low set strong and active worker.

CHARACTERISTICS: Works cattle but has terrier instincts when rabbiting an ratting.

HEAD & 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. But lighter to the liver & tan 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 scissors 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 the withers or falling at the crop. Approximately 2.5 cm ( 1 inch ) longer than height at the withers. (Measure from withers to set on of tail.)

HINDQUARTERS: Muscular, 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: Length may vary slightly depending on the time of year, from a sleek, shiny short coat to a longer coat showing hair at mane, but never stand-off.

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 desire.

SIZE: Height at shoulder: dogs: 30 cm (12ins) bitches: 25 cm (10ins).

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.

NOTE: Male animals should have tow apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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