Lancashire Healer: Breed description, care, photo
Today we will acquaint you with the rare breed of shepherd dogs in Russia, which was derived as a result of crossing terriers and Welsh corgi. Our hero is a Lancashire healer. This is a strong and hardy animal, which, with literate upbringing, can become an indispensable companion.
From the history of the breed
The Lancashire Healer (more often called simply "lancashire") is still a very young breed. It appeared in the sixties of the XX century. These are medium sized dogs, but the smallest among the shepherds' brethren in England.
This cute little krestysh easily and gambly hunting for rats, has an amazing reaction. Surprisingly, despite its size, the Lancashire healer skillfully "guides" a flock of sheep or a herd of cows.
In 1981, a breed standard appeared, after which it was recognized by the dog breeder federations of several countries. Immediately after this in the UK, the popularity of these animals has grown significantly. Then these dogs began to appear on other continents, where they quickly began to win the hearts of animal lovers. Very rarely, but these sympathizers are also found in our country.
Often the Lancashire healer becomes a wonderful companion. Many owners have appreciated this lovely dog for its dedication, good disposition, intelligence.
These average dogs (in size) outwardly resemble welsh corgi, but the healers are slightly smaller, and their limbs are longer. This is a miniature working dog with short limbs, possessing many innate abilities and uncommon strength.
The trunk has rounded ribs, the back line is powerful and straight. The head is proportional to the trunk. Wide and flat, between the standing ears, the skull. Hanging ears are not welcome. The tail does not stop, it is planted high. Wool changes its length depending on the season (in winter it is fluffy with a well-marked mane). In the summer, the coat is shiny and smooth. The growth of males at the withers is 30.5 cm. The weight should not exceed 5.5 kg. Bitches are a bit smaller.
The Lancashire healer amazes his masters with inexhaustible friendliness, cheerful and fervent temper. He simply can not help becoming a pet. It should be noted that these dogs are very attached not to one master, but to all members of the family. Under any circumstances, nothing will force this baby to betray his dear people. He is very sensitive to the attitude of a person to him. For this reason, the healer will protect you always and everywhere.
Strangers do not like these dogs: they are distrustful of them, and in case a threat comes from a foreign person, Lancashire, despite its rather modest size, will rush into battle. These dogs are characterized by courage and lightning-fast reaction, and their powerful jaws allow them to fight off not only from malevolent people, but also from wild animals.
For children, this dog becomes a kind and loyal friend. To them the healer will never show the shadow of aggression. But the residence of Lancashire in the same room with other small domestic pets can be problematic.
The advantages of this breed include endurance and appeasability, activity and strength, as well as innate cheerfulness. When it becomes hard on your soul, this little dog is able to lift your spirits by its very appearance.
Maintenance and care
It is very important that the healer feels equally comfortable both in the house and in the apartment. It is very active in a confined space, but it does not require too much space.
For this dog, long walks with the beloved master are important, since he needs emotional contact with the person. During the walk, physical activities in the form of various tasks and games are desirable.
Surprising properties of wool, which varies in different seasons. These dogs are well tolerated and the heat and cold - they do not need extra clothing.
They treat water differently. Some dogs get great pleasure, others can relate to water procedures very negatively.
Care for the Lancashire healer is simple, complexity sometimes arises with the coat, especially during molting, when winter fur changes to summer. At this time, the excess wool must be combed quite often.
You need to pay attention to the nutrition of your pet and its physical form. Since the healer is quite active, his food should fully satisfy the need for energy reserves. For this reason, your pet's diet should contain a sufficient amount of protein contained in the meat. It can be given to the dog in cooked or raw form. But recently dog handlers believe that boiled meat is preferable, since it does not contain helminths and other undesirable microorganisms.
We should not forget about boiled vegetables and cereals, mixed with meat-containing products. When feeding natural products you need vitamin-mineral supplements, which you will recommend a veterinarian.
Where to buy a puppy?
We have already said that the Lancashire Healer is a fairly rare breed in Russia. Kennel is still difficult to find. You can contact the cattery "Flying Spitz" (Moscow region) or in Ribessita (Estonia). The Faleser Hogland nursery, located in the city of Murom (11 Sovkhoznaya Street) receives good reviews. He specializes in breeding such a breed as the Lancashire Healer. Puppies are sold with all accompanying documents of the RKF, brand, veterinary passport. The contract of sale is formalized. It is necessary to know those who need a Lancashire healer: the price of a puppy can vary from 45 to 60 thousand rubles.