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Lancashire Heeler Breed Summary

Intelligent, Energetic, Excitable, Friendly and Alert

These dogs are a very vulnerable breed within the UK, which is unfortunate as they are so lovely! They boast high intelligence, are very friendly and love to go on long walks. Additionally, they are well known for their fantastic hunting abilities! Because Lancashire Heelers have so much energy, they are better when they have something to do to keep them busy.

They get on very well with mature and slightly older children and absolutely love to take part in interactive games! Their extreme loyalty and kind nature also means that they naturally thrive within a home environment.

Fun Fact: Originally, they were called Nip and Duck Dogs as this was the way that they got Livestock to move!

Kennel Club Group Pastoral
Lifespan 9 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 25cm - 30cm
Weight Males and Females 3kg - 6kg
Coat Coats are Double, Consisting of a Fine Undercoat and a Dense, Short, Hard and Flat Topcoat
Colour Black & Tan, Liver & Tan
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Primary lens luxation (PLL), Collie eye anomaly (CEA), Hereditary cataracts (HC), Persistant Pupillary Membrane (PPM), Patella luxation
Other Names Ormskirk Heeler, Ormskirk Terrier

Lancashire Heelers are known for being very intelligent, which makes training them a fairly easy job! However, training and socialisation must start as early as possible in order to shape a happy and well-rounded pooch. They have extremely high energy levels and therefore need lots of exercise and playtime. For this reason, they best suit a family who already lead an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into. These dogs have a tendency to nip on things that are closest to them when they get a little over-excited, although they never bite. They make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness and wariness towards strangers. Overall, they make lovely family pets and have the ability to provide you with years of joy and happiness.

The history behind these dogs is a mystery to all, although it's thought they may have been around since the 1600s. It's thought they may have been created by crossing Corgis with Manchester Terriers and were originally used to move cattle from Ormskirk to markets in Wales. Additionally, they have also been used to hunt and control vermin on farms, making them an all-rounder. They were thought of as part of the family by farmers and believed to be honourable gifts to receive. They were only recognised by the Kennel Club in 1981, but were already falling in numbers, and are now a very rare breed.