The Lancashire Heeler!

It is said that when the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier were bred, the resulting offspring was the Lancashire Heeler. The Lancashire Heeler, also called the Ormskirk Heeler, is a distinctly black and tan colored dog that is set low to the ground. Their legs are short, their paws turned slightly outward. The coat of the Lancashire Heeler is plush during winter, and sleek and shiny during the summer. These dogs are very similar to terriers in personality.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-14 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Flexible, so long as they have an outlet for energy..


Exercise Needs:
60+ minute walk.

Breed Group:


9 to 12 inches

6-13 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black or liver, with tan markings

National breed club:
American Lancashire Heeler Club

Lancashire Heeler Skills

The original Lancashire Heeler was bred to work like the Welsh Corgi: drive cattle and sheep to markets. On occasion, these active little dogs also hunted rabbits, rats and ferrets. Today, though the Lancashire Heeler can sometimes be found in the farm, herding sheep and cattle, they can also be found inside homes “working” as companion dogs or family pets.

Lancashire Heeler Personality

The Lancashire Heeler is an alert and friendly dog that is wary of strangers. They are devoted to their owners and would take their job as the family watch dog to heart. They have a tendency to nip at people’s heels but this could be remedied with training. Though the Lancashire Heeler is somewhat resilient to training, with patience, you can achieve a lot.

Exercise Needs

The highly active Lancashire Heeler needs a lot of exercise. Daily walks that last at least one hour should be enough to keep the Lancashire Heeler quite happy.

Living Conditions

Though the Lancashire Heeler is a very active breed and would prefer to be exercised outdoors, they can do well in apartments or homes with limited space. To prevent these dogs from running up and down your furniture, make sure that you walk them for at least an hour each day. If you have a garden or a yard, make sure that all the holes, even the smallest ones, are covered up as these dogs will try to squeeze themselves into any opening and explore.

Grooming Requirements

The Lancashire Heeler has a distinct coat that is black or liver in color, with tan markings on selected areas of its body (muzzle, cheeks, above the eyes, knees, feet, hind legs and tail). The undercoat is fine and is covered by the thicker, harder and more weather resistant top coat, which is usually longer at the neck. Weekly wire brush is sufficient for grooming.

Health Issues

The common afflictions Lancashire Heeler encounter include the Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), Patella Luxation and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) an eye disease that manifests itself only after the dog reaches four years of age.

If you liked this dog… may also like the Dachshund, Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier.

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