Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler is a small breed of dog developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle. The Lancashire Heeler is listed by the Kennel Club (UK) as a vulnerable breed.

Lancashire Heelers used to drive livestock by nipping at their heels. It was often referred to as a 'butcher's dog' and is also known as an 'Ormskirk Heeler'.

The Lancashire Heeler has a life expectancy of 12 - 15 years or more. They are prone to certain inherited eye conditions, such as Primary Lens Luxation, Collie Eye Anomaly, Hereditary Cataract and Persistent Pupillary Membrane.


The coat is harsh and smooth with an undercoat which keeps the dog dry in all weathers.It may have a slight mane round the neck in winter. The dog is usually black and tan, but liver and tan is now recognised by the Kennel Club. Females are preferably about 10 in (25 cm) high, the dogs usually being slightly larger up to a maximum of 12 in (30 cm). It weighs approximately 11 to 22 pounds (5-10 kg). They are slightly longer than height at withers. Ears can be tipped or erect. This sturdy recreation is developed in 1960s from mainly Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier crosses.


It is alert, friendly, energetic, intelligent and a pleasant companion. It is actually a very strong dog that likes to participate in all kinds of activities.

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