Lancashire Heeler

Country of Origin: England
Breed Group: AKC : Foundation Stock Service, KC (UK): Pastorial, UKC Herding
Occupation: Herding,   companion
Size: Height: 25–30 cm ( 10–12 inches)                 Weight: 5.9–8.2 kg (13–18 lbs)
Longevity; 12 to 15 years
Exercise: Daily brisk, long walk.
Training: Must be taught not to nip at peole’s heel, extreme socialization
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Liver & Tan, Black & Tan

The history of this dog breed is still a mystery. Some enthusiast of Lancashire Heeler believe that this is actually a type of Welsh Corgi which in that time could be found in the north West of England. It was a type of tan and black terrier, small in size, called Manchester Terrier and today the mentioned dog breed is called Lancashire Heeler. The Lancashire Heeler is known in its home county for more than 150 years as a general purpose farm dog.

The first Lancashire Heeler Club was established in 1978 and then in 1981 followed the recognition by the Kennel Club. Later in 2006 the Lancashire Heeler was recognised as a vulnerable native breed by The Kennel Club. It is interesting that this is a rare dog breed and that there are only 146 Lancashire Heelers registered in the UK according to the data from 2007.

Lancashire Heeler is actually a small dog breed, used mostly as a herder and drover for cattle. These dogs have a smooth and harsh fur and undercoat. These dogs come in black and tan color, however liver and tan are acceptable as well. These dogs measure around 12 inches and can weigh up to 18 pounds.

The Lancashire Heeler is an intelligent, energetic and friendly dog. He is a very pleasant companion with a rather playful personality. However, sometimes they can even be lazy. This small but strong dog likes to participate in all kinds of activities. It is friendly towards its owners can be aggressive towards an unknown people on his territory.

The Lancashire Heeler is a healthy dog breed, however the most common health issues that it can encounter are Patella luxation, Persistent papillary membranes, Primary lens luxation, and Collie eye anomaly, being all this connected to different eye conditions.



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