Lancashire Heeler


A small dark Lancashire Heeler
Lancashire Heeler Quick Summary
Also Known AsOrmskirk Heeler
Height (at withers)10-12in (25-30cm)
Weight6-13lbs (3-6kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, tan
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size2-5
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Lancashire Heeler, also known as the Ormskirk Heeler, is a small but sturdily built dog. The body is low with well-sprung ribs, a level topline, short sturdy legs, outward turned feet and a high-set tail that curls forward over the back. The tapering head has dark, almond shaped eyes and large erect ears. The coat is harsh and smooth with a water-proof undercoat, and the colouring tends to be black with tan.


Lancashire Heelers are friendly, playful and energetic little dogs that make pleasant family pets and companions. Although intelligent, they have a stubborn streak which can make training more difficult, and when excited can revert to their calling by nipping ankles. For this reason they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Lancashire Heelers tend to be friendly and get on well with older, more considerate children, but they can be intolerant of other dogs and aggressive to unfamiliar people that encroach onto their territory. Early socialisation with other animals and people is essential with these dogs.

History & Skills

Lancashire Heelers originate from England, and although they have been known to exist since the 1600s, their precise history is a little vague. They are thought to be a mix of Welsh Corgis and Manchester Terriers, and were bred for use as drovers and herders of cattle, and were also used for hunting rabbits and rats. These days these dogs are relatively rare.

Breed Specific Ailments

Lancashire Heelers tend to live between 1215 years and are relatively healthy as a breed. The most common problems noted include patella luxation and eye conditions such as Collie eye anomaly.


Lancashire Heelers are low shedders, whcih makes them suitable for those with allergies. Their grooming requirements are pretty low too, and the short coat simply needs brushing once a week with the occasional trim.

Exercise & Environment

Lancashire Heelers tend to live indoors but are high energy dogs. They will need a good daily walk plus the chance to play in a generous yard or garden, which must be secure.


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