Lancashire Heeler



Bred in the 1960s, the Lancashire Heeler was intended for grazing and protection of cattle and sheep. Also, this breed was once used to hunt rats and rabbits. Nowadays, Lancashire Heelers are more popular as companion dogs. This is the Britain’s smallest harder and one of the most vulnerable breeds. Heelers are quite rare outside their native country.

Height: 10-12 inches  Weight: 6-13 pounds  Lifespan: 12-13 years


The Lancashire Heeler is strong, robust and athletic. He is agile, energetic and quick-witted. Dogs of this breed are very diligent, playful and extremely vigilant.


Lancashire Heelers are affectionate and loyal dogs. They get along well with older children who already know how to behave around animals. Also, the Heeler coexists peacefully with dogs and other pets but is very distrustful of strangers. In the case of emergency or unexpected visitors, this dog will immediately warn his family.

Coat / Care:

The Lancashire Heeler is dressed in a furry coat, consisting of two layers. The outer layer, which protects the dog from all atmospheric influences, is dense, short and smooth. The neck is adorned with long and thick collar. The undercoat is dense, thin and soft in structure. Lancashire Heelers shed intensely twice per year: during fall and spring. Therefore, they require weekly cleaning with a wiry brush. Bathe your dog only in case of urgent need.

Health Problems:

The most characteristic conditions that can affect Heelers are: Collie eye anomaly, patella luxation and Persistent pupillary membrane (PPM).


It is recommended to carry out early socialization and obedience training. The Lancashire Heeler is not an aggressive animal. However, due to his strong shepherd instinct, he will try to chase anyone who is handy. Since Lancashire Heelers tend to be very stubborn and independent, they need active and dominant coach. Be sure not to use harsh or heavy-handed methods. As a matter of fact, the training should be based on firmness, fairness and consistency.


The Lancashire Heeler can live in a city apartment, provided that he’s not left neglected. Hence, he needs intensive mental and physical stimulation. This dog gets great pleasure from walking on a leash, he enjoys all kinds of family activities and running around is securely-fenced yard. Lancashire Heelers have a hearty appetite.

Photo credit: Svenska Mässan/Flickr

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