By Jags Goldie Last updated: 22nd October 2022

Lancashire Heeler


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 22nd October 2022

The Lancashire Heeler is a small-sized, sturdy dog related to the Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier. Its legs are short in comparison to its body, giving it a low-set appearance. It comes with wide-set erect ears, well-muscled hindquarters, long and broad chest, firm abdomen, strong back and high-set tail. Once used as a farm dog, it has now become widely known as a companion breed.

Lancashire Heeler Pictures

Quick Information

Alternative NamesOrmskirk Terrier, Ormskirk Heeler
CoatDense double coat; fine undercoat; short, dense, hard, and flat topcoat; slight mane appears on the neck
ColorBlack and tan/liver and tan
Breed TypePurebred
CategoryHerding, Pastoral
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight13-18 lb
Height10-12 inches
Size of Litter2-5 puppies
TemperamentIntelligent, friendly, mischievous, stubborn, alert
Good with ChildrenDo best with older, caring children
Country Originated inEngland
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationNKC, KCGB, DRA, FCI, NAPR, ACR, APRI, CKC, AKC/FSS

Video: Lancashire Heeler Dogs Doing Tricks


Even though its exact origin is unknown, it is believed that the Lancashire Heeler was developed using the lines of Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier breeds. Norfolk’s Gwen Mackintosh took an interest in the breed and started breeding them in the 1960s. Then in 1978, Mackintosh along with other enthusiasts established the Lancashire Heeler Club and set up the breed standard. In 1981, it got recognized by the Kennel Club.

Although it was used for herding livestock and ratting, people gradually became less dependent on cattle dogs, which caused a decline in their numbers. In 2006, the Kennel Club considered the breed as vulnerable since its registration figure per year was 300 or less. In 2007, only 146 Heelers were recorded in the UK. The FCI temporarily accepted this breed in 2016.

Temperament and Behavior

The Lancashire Heeler dogs, being friendly and devoted by nature, make an adorable family pet that is always willing to please their people. Although they get along well with kids, they might display herding behavior and nip at the ankles or feet of children.

They display true terrier instincts – lively, independent, and discerning. Always watchful of their surroundings, the Heelers will bark at anything that threatens their territory. They can be aggressive towards other dogs.



These energetic and athletic dogs need plenty of activity each day. A minimum of 30 minutes of walks, runs, interactive games, obedience, and agility will keep them happy and entertained. When you do not have the time to devote to playing with your pet, provide it with Buster Cubes or other kinds of puzzle toys to keep its mind busy.


Weekly combing and brushing using a firm bristled brush is necessary, and if it is the shedding season, make sure that you brush its coat on a regular basis. Bathe your Lancashire Heeler only when needed. Brush its teeth daily and trim its nails when they grow too long.

Health Problems

The Ormskirk Heelers are prone to severe eye conditions including Persistent pupillary membranes, Collie eye anomaly, and Primary lens luxation in addition to bone and joint conditions such as Patellar luxation.


Although they are naturally stubborn and mischievous, their smartness and devotion to the handler make them trainable.

Socialization: While walking your Heeler, introduce it to other dogs. Never yell at your pet or pull back on its leash if it barks or acts aggressively. Instead, try to distract it using a correction, be it a gentle touch, a sound cue, or a tug of its leash sideways. Also, expose your pet to different activities every week.

Herding instincts: To stop your Lancashire Heeler pup from nipping at people’s ankles, keep a toy in your hand and wave it to distract your pet. Once it stops nibbling, offer the toy and praise.


One to one-and-a-half cups of quality dry kibble per day is a good option for your Lancashire Heeler.

3 responses to “Lancashire Heeler”

  1. Gina Voss says:

    I have. Dog that has been said was a min pin . He has all if these traits especially the mane on his neck. He is highly alert and nips a lot lightly. He has a problem going to the bathroom if people are around. I call him Mrs Cravits from Bewitched. He is very nosey and has to see what everyone little noise is. Very intelligent. He legs are a little longer is the only thing. His build is very muscular. I got him from the animal shelter. He was with a little dig they said was his brother that looked like a chewewnie. I had one before and know it could have been but the mane around his head and actions are not matching. Fun to find this.

  2. CAROL says:

    I have one, I rescued him from a rescue kennel. They are wonderful animals and such a great sense of humour

  3. Catherine says:

    I just discovered this kind of dogs, they look great. I already have 2 Swedish Vallhunds, and I love them.
    I live in France, and have never seen any Lancashire Heeler dogs breeder, does any one any in Great-Britain? How much do they cost? Is it easy to find one?
    Thanks for your help.

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