Lancashire Heeler is an active and friendly dog with strong herding instincts. This small working breed originated in England and was used for herding cattle, goats and horses. They were also used for hunting rabbits and vermin.
These dogs are believed to have originated in the mid 1600s. They were on the verge of extinction later on because of decline in use of farm dogs. The bred was then revived by the crossbreeding of Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier dogs.
Lancashire Heeler dog breed is also known by other names like Ormskirk Heeler, Ormskirk Terrier, Lancashire Terrier etc. These loving companion dogs are good at dog agility trials and obedience. They are rarely used for cattle herding these days.
These small sized dogs are athletic, strong and sturdy in build. Body is set low to the ground because their legs tend to be shorter as compared to the rest of the body. The back is strong and chest is long and deep.
The almond shaped eyes are dark in color and moderate in size. Ears are erect and large in size. Tail is set high on the back and carried with a slight curve. During the winter season, the dog’s hair coat develops a visible mane of longer hair.
Color: These dogs are mostly available in black or liver color with tan markings.
Height: The average height of these dogs is 10 to 12 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of both male as well as female Lancashire Heelers ranges between 6 to 13 pounds.
Lancashire Heeler grooming is quite easy irrespective of the length of the hair coat that can be long or short, depending on season. The weather resistant, thick, hard and flat double coat needs to be brushed and combed with the help of a firm bristle or wire brush on a weekly basis. Apart from this, the dog needs to be bathed only when necessary. The hair coat sheds moderately two times in a year.
Lancashire Heeler breed dogs are susceptible to eye problems like Collie Eye Anomaly, Primary Lens Luxation etc. They have also been found to be vulnerable to Patella Luxation.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is generally about 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: 2 to 5 puppies
Lancashire Heeler temperament is active, affectionate, cheerful, playful, loyal, hard working, alert, courageous and protective. These delightful dogs are usually good with kids but are considered more reliable around small children. They tend to be wary and suspicious of strangers but they are fun with familiar people.
These friendly dogs can coexist peacefully with other pets in the house. However, you may find the task of training your Lancashire Heeler challenging to some extent as they can be stubborn at times.
They do not respond well to harsh training methods but to firm, consistent and positive training. Through training, their tendency to nip at people’s heels can be controlled. These alert and intelligent dogs are regarded as excellent watchdogs.
These agile and highly energetic dogs need a lot of physical exercise on a regular basis. Thus, they need to be taken for long, daily, brisk walks. Besides, they thoroughly enjoy playing interactive games. When keeping the dog outside in cooler climates, make sure there is proper shelter for him/her.
As these dogs are fairly active indoors, they are considered suitable for apartment situation even without a yard. Lancashire Heeler dogs are likely to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for longer durations.