Meet the new dog breed recognized by AKC

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The last breed of dog to be officially recognized by the American Kennel Club he may be small, but he is ready to go in with the big dogs.

The American Kennel Club Announced Wednesday that the Lancashire Heeler is breed number 201. He became eligible to begin racing on January 1 as the newest member of the Herding Group.

Other breeds use the term “Heeler” for their breed, including the Australian Cattle Dog, but the Lancashire Heeler is the only breed recognized by the American Kennel Club with “Heeler” in its official name.

Here’s what you should know about the Lancashire Heeler.

Lex, a Lancashire Heeler, sits at attention on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Morristown, New Jersey.  The Lancashire Heeler is the latest breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.  This rare, short-legged, long-bodied, pastoral breed is now eligible for thousands of dog shows in the United States.

What is the Lancashire Heeler like?

Lancashire Heelers are small, typically weighing between 9 and 17 pounds, and have a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years. The average litter size for a Lancashire Heeler is around five.

Their coats are dense and waterproof, and are black and tan or liver and tan. He American kennel club He says they require minimal care, although light brushing and occasional bathing is a good idea.

The breed has been official across the pond for decades, earning full recognition from the UK Kennel Club in 1981.

Where do Lancashire Heelers come from?

The origin of the breed is uncertain, says the American Kennel Club, although they are believed to be the result of crossing 17th-century Welsh Corgis at a Welsh meat market, to which Manchester Terriers were later added.

The breed eventually became known as a butcher’s dog in West Lancashire, England, where it was bred for generations before gaining popularity as a family pet.

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