Tipped Ears

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Tipped Ears and The Lancashire Heeler

Although the majority of Lancashire Heelers have pricked ears, some have tipped ears, which are not only perfectly acceptable but often sought after..

Tipped Eared Lancashire Heelers are perfectly acceptable and often sought after
Simonsville Gordon Bennett Owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson

HEARING GEAR

Lancashire Heeler, Billy Bean (Bowanne), tipped eared Lancashire Heeler ambassadorThose of you who have read either of Kathie Kidd's books on the Lancashire Heeler will no doubt have been interested in the section on the history of the breed. There are some wonderful photographs which were generously supplied by Ellis Garner, whose family have farmed in the Ormskirk area for many generations. What is interesting is that all the dogs are quite clearly Lancashire Heelers and all of them have tipped ears - proof, if any were needed, that tipped ears are a traditional feature of the breed.

  When the Lancashire Heeler made its debut in the show ring, there were a number of top winners with tipped ears. Stillastar Alfie (the first LH to win a place at Crufts) Bouncing Bubbles at Bowanne, Chollagem Dolly Daydream, Merry Meg of the Embages, Shoeshine Boy of Patterjo and Bellsmond Cherokee are some that stand out.

One function of the outer ear (the part that we can see) is to protect the delicate mechanism inside but there is more to it than that. A farm dog like the Heeler needs to be able to locate sounds accurately, whether it be an intruder, vermin in the corner of a barn or an instruction from the handler. Hence the outer ear needs to be mobile - the alert lift referred to in the breed standard - to enable the dog to do its work. The ears are also an organ of balance and when doing any form of work the Heeler needs to be agile and able to change direction with no loss of momentum - look at the working and agility pictures on the site to see this - so the mobility helps with this as well. Finally, ears are used to communicate, something every Heeler owner knows well and moods and feelings can be easily read by the observant owner and of course, other dogs.

Upright ears are genetically dominant to tipped and, given that several well-used stud dogs had pricked ears, it is not surprising that tipped ears became less common. The side effect of this is that some people (even judges who should know better) having only seen pricked ears in the showring, do not realise that tipped ears are just as acceptable.

It would be a great shame such a traditional and historic feature were to disappear completely. So even if genetics aren't on our side can we do anything? Of course! Get your dogs out and about and in the showring, talk to people about them and promote them but most of all, enjoy owning a bit of Heeler history.

Margaret McFarlane & Billy-Bean (Tipped Ear Ambassador)

 

  • Phoebe
    This is the very beautiful Phoebe (Procordia One and Only bred by Ellen Brekke) Lovely expression, liver and tan AND tipped ears! Owned by a very proud Frida de Jong
  • Quinta - Now them's what I call tipped!
    Traqdean Startling Quinta (Quinta) "Now them's what I call tipped!"
    Owner: Patricia and Christopher Wray
  • Lancashire Heeler Gremlin shows off his sleek auditory equipment!
    Gremlin shows off her sleek auditory equipment! Owner: Sophie Sheldon
  • Gretta, shows that tipped eared Lancashire Heelers can do cartwheels
    Gretta is a tipped eared Lancashire Heeler bred my Mt Brook in Washington State and lives with owner Carol Robertson in Huntington Beach California
  • Buster, a map reading tipped eared Lancashire Heeler
    Buster is a much loved 2 year old tipped eared Lancashire Heeler. Photo sent in by proud owner Gill.
  • Billy Bean, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Bowanne Sugar Daddy
    Billy Bean, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Bowanne Sugar Daddy. Owned by Mrs. Margaret McFarlane. Bred by Mrs. Anne Bowes
  • Gretta a tipped eared Lancashire Heeler living in California
    Gretta is owned by Carol Robertson, California. Bred by Mt. Brook Kennels, Washington State
  • Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE ZULU PRINCESS owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson
    Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE ZULU PRINCESS owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson
  • Yeti, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Yeti
    Yeti, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Yeti owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE GORDON BENNETT owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson
    Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE GORDON BENNETT owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson
  • Jake And Loki, tipped eared Lancashire Heelers
    Jake And Loki, tipped eared Lancashire Heelers Owned by Jess Flanagan
  • Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE ELLERY
    Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler SIMONSVILLE ELLERY owned by Bill and Ginnette Simpson
  • Inki, 14 year old tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Haelarbobs Harvest Supper with Traqdean
    Inki, 14 years old (Haelarbobs Harvest Supper with Traqdean). owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Rusty, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Touchstone Tide
    Rusty, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Touchstone Tide. Owned by Mrs. Jennifer Tollervey from Barnet. Bred by Mrs. J. Proudlove
  • Didi, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Heelstone Abbi Traqdean
    Didi, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Heelstone Abbi Traqdean. Owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Faith, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Faith
    Faith, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Faith. Owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Gibbs, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Gibbs
    Gibbs, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler - Traqdean O'Gibbs. Owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Inki, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler -Haelarbobs Harvest Supper with Traqdean
    Inki, tipped eared Lancashire Heeler -Haelarbobs Harvest Supper with Traqdean. Owned by Tracy St Clair Pearce
  • Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler Ilya, Traqdean Grems Ilya at Sarcasha
    Tipped eared Lancashire Heeler Ilya, Traqdean Grems Ilya at Sarcasha owned by Sarah Whybrow and Tracy St Clair Pearce
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