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Lancashire Heeler – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 13 to 18 pounds
Height: 10 to 12 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Lancashire Heeler, Dog Breed Guide


The Lancashire Heeler is among the breeds that are considered to be very vulnerable. They are herding dogs that drive cattle by nipping on the animals “heels”.

Official Name

Lancashire Heeler
Other Name:
Ormskirk Heeler
Ormskirk Terrier


Date – 1960s
Country – England
Family / Group – Herding, Pastoral

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


The Lancashire Heeler is a herding dog breed that originates from England and believed to have been bred and used for over 150 years ago. It is a result of crossing the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier. This breed was created to be an all-purpose farm dog that can herd livestock, specifically cattle and also capable of being excellent ratters.


The Lancashire Heeler is a dog that is intelligent, people oriented and always eager to please. These dogs love to play and like to have fun with children. They can be well trained but will be responsive with a firm but gentle owner. These are dogs that are highly energetic with a matching hearty appetite to match it.

Bred For

The Lancashire Heeler has been used as a herding and drover dog that drives the cattle by gently nipping at their heels.


The Lancashire Heeler is one very adaptable dog breed that can live in all types of living conditions.


The Lancashire Heeler is fairly easy to groom and does not need special attention to keep their coat in tip-top shape.


The Lancashire Heeler are fast learners and very intelligent, making this breed highly trainable. These dogs will be more responsive if trained with a firm but gentle method.


The Lancashire Heeler is a breed plagued with several serious medical conditions that affect the eye. Persistent pupillary membranes, primary lens luxation, and Collie eye anomalies are common.


Lancashire Heelers are very active and highly energetic dogs. Some can be lazy but most will be very lively. Regardless, all Lancashire Heelers should be taken out for walks every day and should be given ample time to play.