Lancashire Heeler


A Lancashire Heeler is a small breed of dog developed for use as a cattle herder and drover. Kennel Club lists the Lancashire Heeler as an endangered breed.

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Hip Dysplasia

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a genetically inherited disease that changes hip joint function dramatically. Over time, this may result in arthritis, muscle atrophy, and limitations in mobility.

Clinical Signs

  • Decreased activity

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs

  • Lameness in the hind end

  • Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait

  • Grating in the joint during movement

  • Loss of thigh muscle mass


Treatments may include:

  • Chiropractic therapy

  • Supplements for joints

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Surgery

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They have a very lively personality 


They are playful and active around most


They are usually not very affectionate, but they love socializing

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Black or liver-colored Lancashire Heelers have coarse, shiny coats with tan markings.


Their coat colors are either in black or liver color




Maintaining their coat is easy with a firm bristle brush and regular brushing.


They are generally easy to train

Lancashire Heeler: Introduction to the Breed

In the past, livestock was driven to market with the Lancashire Heeler. They were short enough to nip at their heels to move them along and agile enough to leap out of the way if they kicked. Rats and rabbits were caught on the farm when they weren't on the road to the market.

Despite resembling their cousins, the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis, they have a black-and-tan coloration that may be a sign of their Manchester Terrier heritage. In their homeland of Great Britain, they are popular companions, show dogs, and agility and obedience competitors. Herding trials are also part of their competitions.

Intelligent, this dog learns quickly, but they also have a mind of their own and can be stubborn and mischievous. Positive reinforcement and kind but firm discipline are some keys to training them. When it comes to other people, they're generally friendly, but when it comes to other dogs, they can be aggressive.. The importance of socializing young dogs with people and other dogs cannot be overstated.

A yard where they can run is best suited to families with Lancashire Heelers. Make sure it can't be escaped!

It is a big decision to bring a new pet into your household. Decide which puppy is the right fit for your family and lifestyle before purchasing one. Identify the characteristics you want in a dog and the ones you don't. There are a few things you should know about the Lancashire Heeler breed.

Generally, Lancashire Heelers are:

  • Good with Families

  • Capable

  • Loyal

  • Affectionate

Lancashire Heelers are small and sturdy, with a soft undercoat completely covered by short, thick fur that lays flat against their body. Their heads are proportional, their faces taper, and their expressions are alert and energetic. Their eyes are almond-shaped and either dark or light brown to match their coat, and their ears are triangular and held erect. Like the Corgi they are likely descended from, their bodies are slightly elongated with shortened legs that are typically straight and well-boned.

The Lancashire's paws are small and well-padded, and their tails are carried over their backs in a slight curve, though it generally does not form a full circle. There are two common coat colors for these dogs: black and tan and liver and tan. Some of these dogs may be born with tricolor, brindle, or sable colors, even though they are not usually recognized by Kennel Clubs.

What are the Origins of Lancashire Heeler?

The Lancashire Heeler breed dates to the 17th century, but its origins are unknown. It is generally accepted, however, that Welsh Corgis were used to drive stock to market from northern Wales to Lancashire.

In the Ormskirk area of West Lancashire, a small black and tan dog known as the butchers' dog was common. Corgis and Manchester Terriers are possible ancestors for this dog. Within this district, these useful farm dogs were bred for generations, developing their own characteristics. These friendly little dogs, originally bred as cattle herders and ratters, have gained popularity as wonderful family pets.

This breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1981 and was classified as a vulnerable native breed in 2003.

There is a growing interest in this great companion dog that enjoys participating in obedience, agility, rally, and herding events. In the U.S., Sweden, the Netherlands, and Australia, the Lancashire Heeler has gained popularity.

What are the Risks for the Lancashire Dog Breed?

Lancashire Heeler’s are at risk of developing health problems like any other breed. If you are considering purchasing a Lancashire Heeler, it is important to be aware of these common conditions. Find a good breeder who can show your health clearances for both your puppy's parents if you're buying a puppy. A health clearance shows that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. If you are considering purchasing a puppy or breeding from your dog, you should know what health issues may be present in your breed. To address these issues, breeders are advised to use DNA tests, screening schemes, and inbreeding coefficient calculators.

The following are some common health issues a Lancashire Heeler may experience:

From the field to the show ring, the Lancashire Heeler is a breed that can do it all. They have a short, hard, flat coat that is dense and waterproof, which requires very little grooming. Keep your Heeler clean and happy by brushing them lightly and bathing them occasionally. If necessary, trim their nails with a nail clipper or grinder to help prevent overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. An infection can result from a buildup of wax and debris in their ears. Brushing their teeth regularly is important.

With yummy treats and toys, the Lancashire Heeler generally responds well to reward-based training techniques. Despite this, this breed can be independent and training must be thoughtful but firm.

To keep themselves busy, Lancashire Heelers enjoy plenty of exercise, social interaction, and brain games. These dogs enjoy outdoor playtime, but you should limit it to fenced-in yards or dog parks since they are known escape artists. Walking on leash throughout the day is also a great option.

Lancashire Heelers enjoy hiding, chasing balls, and learning tricks indoors. Additionally, they enjoy dog sports, particularly earthdog trials.