Health of the Lancashire Heeler
Lancashire Heeler health is the prime consideration to any owner wanting a long and happy relationship with their pet. The majority of dogs, mongrels and pedigrees alike, can live long, healthy, happy lives given the correct care and routine veterinary attention.
Lancashire Heelers frequently live into their late teens and sometimes even longer. As with any breed, there are some inherited conditions and it is important that anyone interested in the breed knows about these before buying a puppy.
Veterinary science has made great progress regarding Lancashire Heeler health in recent years and tests exist which can identify the presence of certain conditions under specialist examination and also through DNA analysis. Responsible breeders are always willing to discuss health issues and inform enquirers of the screening tests done on their breeding animals. They will also want to know of any problems that crop up when any dog they have bred gets older so that they can be alerted to future potential problems.
Lancashire Heelers are a very healthy breed but there is a small incidence of hereditary diseases. The most important Lancashire Heeler health issues to be aware of are eye diseases.
It is important that even if you are buying a pet dog that you buy from stock that have had their eyes tested. Reputable breeders will supply eye testing certificates for your puppy.
As with other small breeds there may be an occasional case of patella luxation (slipping kneecap). Cruciate ligament injuries have also been encountered, although there are no proven links of cruciate issues being hereditary. The Lancashire Heeler is a quick and agile dog and it is just as likely that cruciate injuries occur because of accidents linked to their activities: this is much the same as their being a higher incidence in footballing humans!
In summary, the few Lancashire Heeler health issues are well documented. The greatest eye problem (PLL) can now be avoided by prudent breeding and ensuring you buy from a reputable breeder. Other Lancashire Heeler Health issues in the occur no more frequently than other small, active dogs.
Many breeders/ owners have recorded DNA and other details of their own experiences of Lancashire Heeler health problems they have encountered with their own dogs on the Lancashire Heeler Pedigree Database.