Lancashire Heelers are a small breed, originally developed for herding cattle. Like terriers, they are agile, friendly and the perfect family pet.
Heelers are traditionally black and tan (like our three Heelers – Pickle, Dora and Bilbo), but the Kennel Club also recognises liver and tan. When they’re adults, they’ll usually be around 10-12 inches tall – a bit taller than that if you count the ears!
Origins of the Lancashire Heeler
Lancashire Heelers (also sometimes known as Omskirk Heelers) have been recognised by the Kennel Club since 1981 as a rare breed. It is thought that the Heeler was originally bred by combining Welsh Corgis with Manchester Terriers to create farm dogs.
Heelers were used to ‘heel’ cattle – nip at them to encourage them in the right direction. They were also used on farms for catching rats.
Lancashire Heeler Temperament
Lancashire Heelers have a friendly and easygoing temperament – they enjoy sitting on laps and being stroked, especially if they’ve been socialised early.
They are great pets for families, and are full of energy. They are also relatively easy to train but do need a firm hand!