The Lancashire Heeler is a small-sized dog breed that originated in England. It is believed to have been developed in the 17th century, specifically in Lancashire, as a working dog for herding and driving cattle. The breed is thought to be a result of crossing the Welsh Corgi with the Manchester Terrier, creating a versatile and efficient herding dog.
Lancashire Heelers are generally healthy, though may suffer from eye disorders including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), primary lens luxation, persistent pupillary membrane, and Collie Eye Anomaly. Some may suffer from patellar luxation.
Lancashire Heelers are known for their intelligence, alertness, and high energy levels. They have retained their herding instincts, and as such, they may try to herd small children and other pets. Early socialization and training are crucial to ensure they develop into well-behaved companions. They are quick learners and respond well to training, especially when positive reinforcement techniques are used. Despite their small size, they are sturdy and can be tenacious, making them excellent watchdogs.
Lancashire Heelers are sometimes called "Ormskirk Terriers," referring to a town in Lancashire, England.
Despite being a lesser-known breed, they have gained some popularity in various dog sports and activities due to their agility and intelligence.
The Lancashire Heeler was recognized by the AKC in 2009, becoming eligible to compete in various AKC events.
They have a double coat consisting of a weather-resistant outer coat and a dense undercoat. The coat is short and sleek, providing protection and ease of maintenance.