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Lancashire Heeler


Life span: 12-15 Years

Height: 10 – 12 inches

Weight: 6 – 13 lbs.

The Lancashire Heeler is a small-sized breed that originated in England. The Heeler was developed to aid in the herding of cattle, however, the breed is becoming increasingly rare, and is used primarily as a companion these days. The Lancashire Heeler is known for having a playful attitude, although they can be a bit lazy at times. The short coat of the Heeler comes in two primary color patterns – black and tan, and liver and tan.

This happy breed is known to be loyal and loving with its family. It is wary of strangers, but gets along well with children and other household pets. They are, however, a breed that needs to be constantly watched, given that they love finding ways to escape.

Physical Characteristics

Their ears are medium sized and usually remain upright, although they can fold down, with a long tail that curves over its back. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a soft and dense undercoat, and a short overcoat that remains close to the body. They can be tri colored or bi colored. Coat colors include black, brown, and light brown.


Its exact origin is unknown, but it is believed that it originated in the Welsh and English regions of Great Britain. Its ancestry is thought to be mostly composed by Corgi as well as the Black and Tan Terrier types such as the Manchester Terrier, and some even believe the Dachshund. They were mainly used to control cattle, given their size, but also as vermin hunters.Before 1960, its population had noticeably dropped, but during this year it went back up, leading to the creation of the Lancashire Heeler Club in 1978. Thanks mostly to Gwen Macintosh, the breed received recognition from the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom in 1981, although it did not receive recognition from the United Kennel Club in the United States until 2009, and is yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, they were provisionally recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 2016.


This loyal breed is loving and playful with its family. They do get along well with children and most household pets, although they may have a tendency to heard bigger ones or chase smaller ones. They tend to be wary with strangers, and might be stubborn when it comes to training. They can live in apartments or small houses, as long as they have a space to run and get enough exercise. If there is a fenced area, be sure to check it regularly, since they adore digging holes and finding ways to escape.


  • This breed is generally healthy and does not suffer from many diseases. It can, however, suffer from:
  • Lens Luxation, in which the ligament that holds the lens eye in place deteriorates, causing it to fall out of place. It can be treated through surgery, but in severe cases the eye might need to be removed.
  • Eye Anomaly, which can cause many eye related diseases, changes and abnormalities, as well as lead to blindness in extreme cases. There is no treatment, and it appears when the dog is around two years old.


They only need to be brushed and bathed occasionally. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are not extremely energetic, but do need daily exercise, although playing inside the house can suffice. Training should be easy given that they are highly intelligent and willing to please their owners. However, when giving them orders be sure to be firm but kind.



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