Lancashire Heeler: Dog Breed Description

Bred in the 1960s, the Lancashire Heeler dog breed was intended to graze and guard cattle and sheep. Today they are the smallest of the English herding dogs; in addition, they are unsurpassed hunters for rabbits and small rodents in particular – rats. Today this breed continues to be used as a service dog and a dog “for the soul” – a domestic companion. This dog is quite rare outside of his home country or in North America.


The Lancashire Heeler is a sturdy, strong, hardy, and athletic dog. She is agile, energetic and quick-witted. Dogs of this breed show high diligence and extreme vigilance.


The Lancashire Heeler dog breed is distinguished by affection and loyalty. It gets along very well with older children who already know exactly how to handle a dog. They get along peacefully with dogs and other pets. Lancashire Heeler is cautious and suspicious of strangers and in case of danger or unexpected visitors will immediately warn his family about it.

Wool and care

The Lancashire Heeler is dressed in a two-layer fur coat. The outer layer is thick, short, dense and smooth; it protects the dog well from all atmospheric influences. There is a longer and thicker collar around the neck. The undercoat is dense, fine and soft in structure. Molting is seasonal: in autumn and spring. This dog requires weekly wire brushing. Bathe your dog mono only if absolutely necessary. The most common diseases for this breed are Collie ocular anomaly, dislocation of the patella and early dislocation of the eye lens.


It is recommended to conduct early socialization and general obedience training with the Lancashire Heeler . Since these are dogs of a shepherd breed, special attention is required to teach them not to try to “graze” people or to grab them by the ankles with their teeth, as is naturally characteristic of all shepherd breeds. The Lancashire Heeler needs an actively dominant trainer because these dogs tend to be stubborn and intractable. Rough or arbitrary methods should not be used; training should be conducted on the basis of firmness, fairness and consistency.


Dogs of the Lancashire Heeler breed do well in the conditions of a city apartment, provided that you devote enough time to active exercises with them, as well as their mental stimulation. The Lancashire Heeler gets great pleasure from walking on a leash, all kinds of active family activities, free walking in a securely fenced yard and, of course, from shepherd’s work.

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