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Lancashire Heeler

Size: Small

Weight: 6 - 13 lbs.

Height: 10" - 12"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Great Britain (1600s / 1960s)

Also Known As: Ormskirk Heeler

Group: Herding / Guardian

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


The Lancashire Heeler is an instinctive, pleasant and alert breed that tends to be wary of strangers if not socialized properly. Gets along well with older children that are gentle and well-behaved. Because of its "heeling" background, the Lancashire has a tendency to nip at people's heels to "move them along" -- just like they would when herding sheep or cattle. The breed is somewhat difficult to obedience train, but it can be done with patience and consistency. "

Compatibility with Kids

Better with older and well-behaved children than with younger kids. Play with unfamiliar children should be supervised.


During the 17th century, the Lancashire Heeler was used to drive cattle to market. The breed became nearly extinct, but was recreated in the 1960s by crossing the Welsh Corgi with the Manchester Terrier. Today the breed is rarely used as a herding dog and is exclusively considered a companion.