Lancashire Heeler Puppy

Lancashire Heeler

(aka: Ormskirk Heeler, Ormskirk Terrier)

Lancashire Heeler


Male: 10 - 12 inches; 6 - 13 lbs.
Female: 10 - 12 inches; 6 - 13 lbs.


Black and tan, liver and tan

Living Area

Do very well with apartment living since they tend to be inactive indoors, but only if they are sufficiently exercised outside.



Energy Level

Moderate to high

Life Span

12 - 15 years

Description | Temperment | Grooming | History | Training | Health Problems

Lancashire Heeler Description

The Lancashire Heeler is set low to the ground; legs are short in relation to the rest of the body. It has wide-set larger ears. The ears should be erect, drop ears are undesired by breeders. The head is always in proportion with the body. The bright eyes are set wide apart. The legs are short and sturdy and the paws turn out slightly. The hindquarters are very well muscled. The chest is long, deep and the abdomen is firm. The back is strong. The tail is set high and carried forward over the back. The coat is seasonably long or short. In the wintertime the coat is plush with a visible mane and in the summer it has a sleek shiny coat.

Lancashire Heeler Temperment

The Lancashire Heeler is very alert and friendly with those he knows but may be wary of strangers. An excellent ratter with rabbit catching potential. It has superior strength and broad instinctive abilities. This breed makes a pleasant companion, and does best with older considerate children. The Lancashire may nip at peoples heels as it has a strong instinct to herd and must be taught not to do it to people. This breed may be difficult to obedience train, but it is trainable. While it has great herding instincts and will make a wonderful herder of cattle, goats and horses it is rarely used as such. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.

Lancashire Heeler Grooming

This breed is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. The coat is seasonably long or short. In the wintertime the coat is plush with a visible mane and in the summer it has a sleek shiny coat.

Lancashire Heeler History

When people no longer greatly relied on cattle dogs the Lancashire Heeler declined in numbers greatly to the point of practical extinction. Today's Lancashire Heelers are a re-creation of the original Lancashire Heelers. The re-creation has lines of the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier. Today's Lancashire Heelers are almost identical to the Lancashire that existed a long time ago. Although the new Lancashire's retain the excellent ability to herd, they are now rarely used for cattle herding.

Lancashire Heeler Training


Lancashire Heeler Health Problems

The lifespan of the Lancashire Heeler is around twelve to thirteen years.

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