Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Great Britain

Breed Group:

AKC (FSS: Herding); KC (Pastoral)


Small. Weight: 6–13 lbs est. Height: Males 12 inches; Females 10 inches


Short, coarse and shiny.


Black and Tan, Liver and Tan

Life Span:

11 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This breed is also known as the Ormskirk Terrier.

Lancashire Heeler Overview

The Lancashire Heeler has its origins similar to that of other Corgi-type dogs. He was used to drive cattle in England and quickly became popular in the Lancashire region. In addition to nipping at the heels of cattle, they were proficient in hunting rabbit, rats and protecting the farm from intruders.


Lancashire Heeler Characteristics

Lancashire Heelers look like a strange cross between a Corgi and Doberman Pinscher. They feature the black and tan coloration of Pinscher breeds, but have the long body and short legs of Corgi and Dachshunds. This body type makes them ideal for herding cattle as they are short enough to avoid kicks from angry cows. The upright ears and partially curled tail also gives them a sweet and loving look.


Lancashire Heeler Temperament

Similar to the Corgi, the Lancashire is an intelligent, active and happy dog. He is veryactive despite his small size, and is happiest with a job or protecting his family. The dogs are sturdy and healthy, making them great for active people. They do best with older children, however can do well in families of all ages if properly socialized.



Lancashire Heeler Care

The average lifespan of the breed is 11 to 14 years, slightly under average of other small breed dogs. Health concerns include Collie Eye Anomaly (a failure for part of the pupil to fully close), persistent pupillary membranes and primary lens luxation. Careful breeding and screening for disease can help lower the incidence.


Lancashire Heeler Coat

The short coat of the Lancashire needs to be brushed a few times a week to remove loose and dead hairs and keep it looking shiny. No special grooming is needed to keep the coat looking good. The coat may shed seasonally, like other dogs of similar coat style.


Lancashire Heeler Training

The intelligent nature of the dog breed makes him able to pick up training quickly. However, he may quickly lose focus if not kept engaged. Positive reinforcement and activities that help challenge his activebrain will make training go much easier.


Lancashire Heeler Activity

Despite his small stature, the Lancashire Heeler needs lots of exercise. Exercise with a purpose such as agility, herding or other activities are best, keeping him focused on the task at hand and mentally stimulated. Long walks are helpful, but a puzzle game or other mental activity is also needed.

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